E. I. Watkin

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Edward Ingram Watkin (1888-1981) was an English writer.


He studied at St Paul's School, London and New College, Oxford.[1] In 1908, Watkin became a convert to Catholicism.[1] He publicly opposed conscription in 1916,[2] a position he upheld in his 1939 pamphlet The Crime of Conscription.

In 1927, Watkin befriended the exiled Italian priest Don Luigi Sturzo, whose work Watkin would later publish in the Dublin Review.[3] He founded in 1936 with Eric Gill and Donald Attwater the inter-war Catholic pacifist movement Pax.[4] This movement was prominently supported by Dorothy Day.[5]

Watkin was opposed to fascism, and his book The Catholic Centre includes a critique of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany as being part of "a social revolt against reason".[6]


His maternal grandfather was Herbert Ingram; Edward Watkin was a great-uncle on his father’s side.[7]


  • Some Thoughts on Catholic Apologetics: A Plea for Interpretation (1915)
  • A Little Book of Prayers for Peace (1916)
  • The Philosophy of Mysticism (1920)
  • The Bow in the Clouds: An Essay Towards the Integration of Experience (1931)
  • A Philosophy of Form (1935)
  • Theism, Agnosticism And Atheism (1936)
  • Men and Tendencies (1937)
  • The Crime of Conscription (1939)
  • The Catholic Center (1939)
  • Catholic Art and Culture (1942)
  • Praise of Glory (1943)
  • The Balance of Truth (1943)
  • Poets and Mystics (1953)
  • Neglected Saints (1955)
  • Roman Catholicism in England from the Reformation to 1950 (1957)
  • The Church in Council (1960)


  • Magdalen Goffin, The Watkin Path: An Approach to Belief, biography by his daughter.


  1. ^ a b Joseph Pearce, Literary Converts (1999), p. 39.
  2. ^ PDF, p. 173
  3. ^ Farrell-Vinay, G. (2004), "The London exile of Don Luigi Sturzo (1924–1940"). The Heythrop Journal, 45: 158–177.
  4. ^ Patrick G. Coy, A Revolution of the Heart: Essays on the Catholic Worker, p.76.
  5. ^ Catholic Worker Movement - DorothyDay
  6. ^ Tom Villis, British Catholics and Fascism: Religious Identity and Political Extremism Between the Wars London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 ISBN 1-137-27419-0 (pp. 197-99)
  7. ^ The Early History of the Illustrated London News