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Religion and Public Doctrine in Modern England

Volume 3. Accommodations


Part of Cambridge Studies in the History and Theory of Politics

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

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  • The third and concluding volume of Maurice Cowling's magisterial sequence examines three related strands of English thought - latitudinarianism, the Christian thought which has assumed that latitudinarianism gives away too much, and the post-Christian thought which has assumed that Christianity is irrelevant or anachronistic. As in previous volumes, Maurice Cowling conducts his argument through a series of encounters with individual thinkers, including Burke, Disraeli, the Arnolds, Tennyson and Tawney in the first half, and Darwin, Keynes, Orwell, Leavis and Berlin in the second. Central to the whole is Mr Cowling's contention that the modern mind cannot escape from religion. Religion and Public Doctrine in Modern England represents a massive contribution to the intellectual and cultural history of modern England, of interest to historians, literary and cultural critics, theologians, philosophers, economists, as well as to that broader reading public with a serious interest in the making of the English mental landscape.

    •  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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    Reviews & endorsements

    ' … this concluding offering is of such sophistication and subtlety of thought …'. Professor Edward Norman, Church Times

    ' … this will be recognised as a very important book.' Professor Edward Norman, Church Times

    'This book, like the two volumes that preceded it, is a masterpiece of invective and erudition. No one can pretend to understand the intellectual background to our times without reading it.' Country Life

    'Reading it provides a very remarkable experience.' Catholic Herald

    'Religion and Public Doctrine in Modern England is a remarkable book, quite sui generis…This dense yet witty work is worth whole shelves of the cultural studies that are coming to supersede the real work of history.' Government and Opposition

    'It is a magnificent achievement and Catholic schools will want this volume in the school library even if they do nto have the previous two.' Mentor Magazine

    '… the trilogy will be compulsory, and perhaps even compulsive, reading for anyone interested in the place occupied by Christianity as a 'public doctrine' in England over the last century and a half.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521611893
    • length: 792 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 40 mm
    • weight: 1.083kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • 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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