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Religion and Public Doctrine in Modern England

Volume 3. Accommodations

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the History and Theory of Politics

  • Date Published: November 2004
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521611893

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  • The concluding volume of Maurice Cowling's magisterial sequence examines three related strands of thought--latitudinarianism, the Christian thought that has assumed that latitudinarianism gives away too much, and the post-Christian thought that has assumed that Christianity is irrelevant or anachronistic. Cowling conducts his argument through a series of encounters with individual thinkers, including Burke, Disraeli, the Arnolds, and Tennyson in the first half, and Darwin, Keynes, Orwell and Leavis in the second.

    •  The culmination of an intellectual project central to the cultural history of modern Britain
    • Probably the last major statement by one of the most distinguished British historians of the post-war period
    • Enormous contemporary resonance, given the Blairite reassertion of doctrinal politics, and reactions to that
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    "...Maurice Cowling has written a masterpiece not to be ignored by the religious-minded." Catholic Historical Review

    "...by tracing in such extraordinary detail the transformation of British religious culture, [Cowling] has provided rich fare that will stimulate the academy for years." History: Review of New Books

    "Cowling's study...is a highly detailed study of writers and thinkers who have influenced Christian, post-Christian, and anti-Christian thought in England...it is massive in scope, broad in its coverage...fascinating in the personal nature of its interpretation." Catholic Library World

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    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521611893
    • length: 792 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 40 x 156 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part V. The Christian Intellect and Modern Thought in Modern England:
    1. The reanimation of protestantism I: Carlyle, Froude and Kingsley
    2. Christianity and literature I: Burke and Disraeli
    3. The reanimation of protestantism II: Thomas Arnold, Bunsen, Jowett, Stanley, Lyall and Max Muller
    4. The enlargement of Christianity: Matthew Arnold, Seeley, Sidgwick and Wicksteed
    5. Christianity and literature II: Dickens, Tennyson, Browning, Pater and Wilde
    6. Christianity and modern knowledge I: Stirling, Wallace, Caird and Green
    7. Whiggism, liberalism and Christianity I: Macaulay, Lecky, Bryce and Fisher
    8. Whiggism, liberalism and Christianity II: Fitzjames Stephen, Acton, Maine, Inge, Henson and Smuts
    9. Christianity and modern knowledge II: Whewell, Stubbs and Cunningham
    10. Christianity in an unfriendly world I: Shaftesbury, Maurice, Westcott, Tawney and Temple
    11. Christianity in an unfriendly world II: Forsyth, Masterman, Gore, Figgis and Lewis
    12. Christianity in an unfriendly world III: Underhill, Eddington, Needham, Zaehner and Jung
    13. Christianity in an unfriendly world IV: Balfour, Ashley and Joseph Chamberlain
    14. Christianity in an unfriendly world V: Milbank and Macintyre
    Part VI. The Post-Christian Consensus:
    15. Modern knowledge and the post-Christian consensus I: Darwin, Dawkins, Galton and Pearson
    16. Modern knowledge and the post-Christian consensus II: Freud, J. B. S. Haldane, Huxley and Popper
    17. Modern knowledge and the post-Christian consensus III: F. H. Bradley, Bosanquet, R. B. Haldane, A. C. Bradley, Elgar, Parry and Hadow
    18. Modern knowledge and the post-Christian consensus IV: Maitland, Hobhouse, Keynes and Hayek
    19. English socialism as English religion: The Webbs, Macdonald, Laski, Orwell and Crossman
    20. Literature and the post-Christian consensus: Wordsworth, Hardy, Kipling and Forster
    21. Modern knowledge and the post-Christian consensus V: Richards and Leavis
    22. Modern knowledge and the post-Christian consensus VI: Williams, Eagleton, Kenny, Skinner and Scruton
    23. Judaism and the post-Christian consensus: Namier, Berlin, Koestler and Steiner
    24. Complication and dilapidation
    Conclusion: the author and the argument
    Index.

  • Author

    Maurice Cowling, Peterhouse, Cambridge
    Maurice Cowling was born in London in 1926. He was educated at Battersea Grammar School and Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read History. He did military service between 1944 and 1948 in the British and Indian armies. He as a Fellow of Jesus College from 1950 to 1953 and, after a period spent chiefly in London, returned to Jesus as a Fellow in 1961. Since 1963 he has been a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and from 1976–93 University Reader in Modern English History.

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