Frank Morison And “Who Moved The Stone?” Advertiser, Novelist, Apologist, Spy -- By: Philip Johnson

Journal: Global Journal of Classical Theology
Volume: GJCT 14:3 (Jan 2018)
Article: Frank Morison And “Who Moved The Stone?” Advertiser, Novelist, Apologist, Spy
Author: Philip Johnson

Frank Morison And “Who Moved The Stone?”
Advertiser, Novelist, Apologist, Spy

Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson has co-written Taboo or To Do (DLT), The Cross is not Enough (Baker) and Jesus and the gods of the new age (Lion). He contributed “To Every Occultist an Answer” in Tough-Minded Christianity ed. W. Dembski & T. Schirrmacher (Broadman & Holman), as well as “Juridical Apologists 1600-2000AD: A Bio-Bibliographical Essay” in Global Journal of Classical Theology 3, no.1 (04/2002) available at

Philip Johnson has been a guest lecturer at Morling College, New South Wales, for sixteen years. He is a cofounding editor of Sacred Tribes Journal and co-author with Ross Clifford of Jesus and the Gods of the New Age, as well as author of other publications.

Abstract: Frank Morison is the literary pseudonym of Albert Henry Ross (1881-1950), author of Who Moved the Stone? This essay breaks new ground with a biographical outline and briefly assesses his apologetic contributions. Reader impressions that he was a lawyer or journalist are mistaken. As an employee of S. H. Benson advertising agency he worked alongside Dorothy Sayers. He wrote seven books, the first of which was about the Congregational preacher John Henry Jowett. In the First World War he worked for MI7 and his book War on Great Cities (1937) foreshadowed what England later experienced in the Battle of Britain. His novel Sunset included alien contact, an end-of-the-world scenario and reflections on ultimate meaning. His final biblical apologetics text was And Pilate Said.

On September 14, 1950 Albert Henry Ross died in his home at Headley Down in the English county of Hampshire.1 An obituary in The Times stated that he had been a long-time employee of the London advertising agency S. H. Benson.2 He managed its printing department and then served as a director of advertising. His hobbies included astronomy and colour cinematography. A family secret was also divulged: he used the pseudonym of Frank Morison and wrote Who Moved the Stone?

Who Moved the Stone? is an apologetics text that has achieved publishing longevity: one hundred editions plus audio-book and e-book, as well as translations in Braille, Chinese (four editions), Danish, Dutch, French (two editions), German (seven editions), Italian, Korean (three editions), Spanish and Swahili (two editions).3 Almost seventy years have elapsed since

Albert died and no one has written his biography. This omissi...

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