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Doubting Christianity

Doubting Christianity
The Church and Doubt

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Part of Studies in Church History

Frances Andrews, Charlotte Methuen, Jinty Nelson, Jan Vandeburie, Steven Watts, Kimberley-Joy Knight, Emily E. Graham, Anik Laferrière, Ian Forrest, Robert N. Swanson, Matteo Duni, Alexandra Walsham, Rowan Williams, Patrick S. McGhee, Cordelia Warr, Lucy Busfield, Greg Salazar, Kelly Diehl Yates, Colin Haydon, Philip Lockley, Gareth Atkins, Tim Grass, Kirstie Blair, Charles M. Stang
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  • Date Published: July 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107180734

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  • The fifty-second volume of Studies in Church History explores the myriad ways in which doubt has tested Christianity and the life of individual Christians. Men and women have always had doubts about ideas, or individual doctrines, if not faith itself; they have also doubted how truth can be authenticated. The means and the implications of expressing either kind of doubt are shaped by historical circumstance. Led by scholars including Kirstie Blair, Janet Nelson, Charles Stang and Rowan Williams, the essays explore doubt from the Early Church to the contemporary world. They investigate a range of questions, from the familiar 'doubting Thomas', and the more surprising 'doubting John', through the pressing concerns of the Middle Ages, the emphasis on rationalism of the Enlightenment, to the competing ideological and confessional perspectives of the modern world. This fascinating collection offers an introduction to the complex relationship between doubt, faith and the Christian Churches.

    • Offers an introduction to the complex relationship between doubt, faith and the Christian churches
    • Explores the ways in which doubt both tests and informs Christianity
    • Examines aspects of doubt, from the Early Church through the Enlightenment to the contemporary world, and how historical circumstance has influenced the expression of that doubt
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    • Date Published: July 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107180734
    • length: 470 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 145 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of contributors
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction Frances Andrews
    1. Doubting John? (Presidential address) Frances Andrews
    2. 'The very deceitfulness of devils': Firmilian and the doubtful baptisms of a woman possessed by demons Charlotte Methuen
    3. Carolingian doubt? Jinty Nelson
    4. 'Sancte fidei omnino deiciar': Ugolino dei Conti di Segni's doubts and Jacques de Vitry's intervention Jan Vandeburie
    5. Diabolical doubt: the peculiar account of Brother Bernard's demonic possession in Jordan of Saxony's Libellus Steven Watts
    6. Lachrymose holiness and the problem of doubt in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century hagiographies Kimberley-Joy Knight
    7. Heresy, doubt and identity: late Medieval friars in the kingdom of Aragon Emily E. Graham
    8. The doubting Augustine: the deletion of Monica from fourteenth-century Vitae Augustini in the Augustinian order of hermits Anik Laferrière
    9. Trust and doubt: the late Medieval bishop and local knowledge Ian Forrest
    10. Dubius in fide fidelis est? Doubt and assurance in late Medieval Catholicism Robert N. Swanson
    11. Doubting witchcraft: theologians, jurists, inquisitors during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries Matteo Duni
    12. 'Dowting of ye cupp': disbelief about the Eucharist and a Catholic miracle in Reformation England Alexandra Walsham
    13. Theological doubt and institutional certainty: an Anglican paradox Rowan Williams
    14. Unbelief, the senses and the body in Nicholas Bownde's The unbeleefe of S. Thomas (1608) Patrick S. McGhee
    15. Proving stigmata: Antonio Daza, Saint Francis of Assisi and Juana de la Cruz Cordelia Warr
    16. Doubt, anxiety and Protestant epistolary counselling: the letter-book of Nehemiah Wallington Lucy Busfield
    17. Polemicist as pastor: Daniel Featley's anti-Catholic polemic and countering lay doubt in England during the early 1620s Greg Salazar
    18. 'Perhaps he cannot know': John Wesley's use of doubt as a principle of his 'Catholic spirit' Kelly Diehl Yates
    19. '[T]he extirpation of athanasianism': the considerable doubts of Francis Stone (1738—1813) Colin Haydon
    20. Christian doubt and hope in early socialism Philip Lockley
    21. 'Isiah's call to England': doubts about prophecy in nineteenth-century Britain Gareth Atkins
    22. 'Telling lies on behalf of the Bible': S. R. Gardiner's doubts about Catholic apostolic teaching Tim Grass
    23. Reforming the religious sonnet: poetry, doubt and the church in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Kirstie Blair
    24. Doubt, our modern crown of thorns Charles M. Stang.

  • Editors

    Frances Andrews, University of St Andrews, Scotland

    Charlotte Methuen, University of Glasgow

    Andrew Spicer, Oxford Brookes University

    Contributors

    Frances Andrews, Charlotte Methuen, Jinty Nelson, Jan Vandeburie, Steven Watts, Kimberley-Joy Knight, Emily E. Graham, Anik Laferrière, Ian Forrest, Robert N. Swanson, Matteo Duni, Alexandra Walsham, Rowan Williams, Patrick S. McGhee, Cordelia Warr, Lucy Busfield, Greg Salazar, Kelly Diehl Yates, Colin Haydon, Philip Lockley, Gareth Atkins, Tim Grass, Kirstie Blair, Charles M. Stang

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