Crisis of Doubt
Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England
By (author) Timothy Larsen
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Crisis of Doubt by Timothy Larsen
Book DescriptionThe Victorian crisis of faith has dominated discussions of religion and the Victorians. Stories are frequently told of prominent Victorians such as George Eliot losing their faith. This crisis is presented as demonstrating the intellectual weakness of Christianity as it was assaulted by new lines of thought such as Darwinism and biblical criticism. This study serves as a corrective to that narrative. It focuses on freethinking and Secularist leaders who came to faith. As sceptics, they had imbibed all the latest ideas that seemed to undermine faith; nevertheless, they went on to experience a crisis of doubt, and then to defend in their writings and lectures the intellectual cogency of Christianity. The Victorian crisis of doubt was surprisingly large. Telling this story serves to restore its true proportion and to reveal the intellectual strength of faith in the nineteenth century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199544035
(215mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book vividly recovers the lost world of the Victorians in which everyone thought, spoke, and argued through scripture. Larsen presents lively individual case studies of well known figures from different religious and sceptical traditions, including Florence Nightingale, T. H. Huxley, C. H. Spurgeon, and Catherine Booth.
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Author Biography - Timothy Larsen
Timothy Larsen, is Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College, Illinois, USA, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society
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