Philip Henry Gosse was a marine zoologist. He was highly regarded. He was also a Christian belonging to the Plymouth Brethren. His desire was to bring up his son, Edmund, to follow Christ. This book shows how he failed, lamentably. It's an extremely sad story. From the moment he could understand what was being said, Edmund was controlled by his father. He never met with other young boys or girls until about 10 yrs of age. Edmund was allowed no books of fiction to read; no games were ever allowed into the home. A very strict regime was imposed upon the household on Sunday.
When he was 10 yrs of age Edmund's father (a leader in the Brethren Assembly) wanted his son admitted to Table (Communion) but there was opposition from others who had children Edmund's age. His father then called upon two elders to examine Edmund to see if he was fit to be admitted. Edmund's knowledge of doctrine at the examination was so profound that the two elders were in tears. Edmund was admitted.
Gradually, however, Edmund came into contact with the world around him. He began to discover 'loopholes' in the practice and theology of his father. And he realised that his father used their times of prayer together to exert an influence over him.
The long and the sort of it was that Edmund rejected the influence his father had over him. He became his own master. Sadly, he also rejected the theology of his father, as well as the interpretation his father put upon it. The love of Christ that ought to have united this family seems to have been thrust into the background. The Pharisaical approach to doctrine, that Jesus condemned, ruined this family. A heart-breaking story. Very sad. indeed. It holds a deep lesson for all Christians....Continua