Description - God's Funeral by A. N. Wilson
By the end of the 19th century, almost all the great writers, artists and intellectuals had abandoned Christianity, and many had abandoned belief in God altogether. A.N. Wilson demonstrates through such diverse lives as those of Gibbon, Kant, and Marx, that the doubt about religion had many sources. By 1900 the Church was vastly rich and powerful, but was seen by many as spiritually empty, however full its pews might be of a Sunday. Echoes of the death of God could be heard everywhere: in the revolutionary politics of Garibaldi and Lenin; in the poetry of Tennyson, the plays of Shaw and the novels of Hardy; in the philosophy of Hegel and in the work of Freud; in the first stirrings of feminism. Wilson's challenging account shows how the decline of religious certainty in Victorian times had its origins with the 18th-century sceptics - but brought a devastating sense of emotional loss which extends to our own times.
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Author Biography - A. N. Wilson
A. N. Wilson holds a prominent position in the world of letters and has been Literary Editor of both the EVENING STANDARD and the SPECTATOR. He has written lives of Sir Walter Scott (John Llewellyn Rhys Prize) and Tolstoy (Whitbread Award) amongst others, and is a celebrated novelist.