West Cork History

In Sean Dunne’s book ‘An Irish Anthology’,  Gill and Macmillan, Dublin 1999, there is an excerpt from Ian Paisley’s book ‘What think Ye of Christ’, 1976.

This chapter is ‘Open Air Preaching’ and he describes his period of apprenticeship with Teddy Sherwood who, prior to being a preacher was once the champion welter weight boxing champion of Southern England.  Ian Paisley was asked by him one evening to get into the ring and preach, he was only a lad of 16 and with a bible in hand as best he could he followed the great open air preacher.  Soon he was heckled, and the crowd cried  ‘Answer her question’.  I stopped and I said, ‘What is your question?  She said ‘How do you know there is a Jesus Christ’?  How do you know there is a Jesus Christ?  And Oh, a great shout of derision went up from the ungodly…

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