It was Jumbo Johnson and Claude who ran the bookshop at school. You popped in at lunchtime to browse, and you could buy or order. Paperbacks were about 35p then. Really crisp looking and so desirable. I can still conjure the smell.
That’s where I bought my first Sherlock Holmes. It may have been the Sign of Four or The Valley of Fear. John Murray Paperbacks they were. Quality! When I acquired the Case-Book, it was a Penguin, I think. Not the same.
I had to save up my pocket money, and treasured and re-read them all. They’re in a box somewhere, and I’ve since been bought a book that has the original magazine versions bound in it. But it is those originals, with their history, that clearly remain so evocative. I didn’t realise how much I’d remembered!
Just finished watching Sherlock Holmes on TV. Can’t you guess?
“When you have ruled out all other possibilities, then whatever remains, however unlikely, must be the truth.”
Conan Doyle coined that line, which sums up Holmes’ logic, much more crisply than I have just recalled it. I bet I could have quoted it accurately, word-for-word, as a teenager.
It was a real joy discovering, when you examine the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, that this phrase of Conan Doyle’s enapsulates why the Resurrection is probably the most reliably attested historical fact in the history of the world.
No one comes to to faith through argument. I didn’t. But having come to faith, and learning to dwell in the reality of life in Jesus, such hard evidence helps to cement God’s reality into the tangible world in which we live. And helps to demolish false walls for those seeking the truth.
Elementary, is it not?