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Even in the industrial nineteenth century, age-old theological disagreements were the cause of religious and cultural conflicts between Catholics and Protestants. This book asks why these ancient divisions were so deep and have prevailed and how novelists and poets, theologians and preachers, historians and essayists reinterpreted the religious debates. Michael Wheeler explains how each side misunderstood the other's deeply held beliefs about history, authority, doctrine and spirituality, and, conversely, how these theological conflicts inspired creativity in the arts.Read more
- A wide-ranging interdisciplinary overview of the Catholic-Protestant conflict in Victorian England
- Examines in depth how nineteenth-century writers were inspired by religious controversies
- Author is a leading scholar in the field of literature and religion in the period
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"This book sheds additional light on one of the most perplexing aspects of ecclesiastical history - its literature and theology."
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"Wheller is a professor of English, but this book reveals also an impressive knowledge of the history and theology of the period. Pointing out that just as Darwin was searching for the origin of species, so too Catholic and Protestant theologians sought to prove that the origins of their religion lay in early Christianity."
-Ian Ker, University of Oxford, The Catholic Historical Review
"Michael Wheeler has written an important book about an important subject...A short review cannot do justice to this rich book, especially because Wheeler is alive to the contradictions and ambiguities of Victorian society...It is a pleasure to read the fruits of a scholar's erudition and thought, and to see how a colleague from another discipline approaches a common problem. Gracefully written, admirably structured, richly illustrated, and empirical rather than theory-driven, his book is essential reading for anyone, whether university scholar or parish priest, who wishes to understand an important Victorian cultural legacy."
-Denis Paz, Anglican and Episcopal History
"The mixture of literary with historical sources is refreshing, and there are features of the texts under discussion that a literary scholar notices but that a historian might have missed...The book also benefits from a large number of telling illustrations that give the reader a feel for the issues at stake and the way in which they were ventilated. It will be much harder for future scholars to neglect the polemics over Catholic issues now that Professor Wheeler's book has appeared."
-D.W. Bebbington, University of Stirling, UK, Church History
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- Date Published: March 2006
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521828109
- length: 370 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.73kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: 'Papal aggression'
Part I. Bloody Histories:
2. On the origin of churches
3. England drawn and quartered
4. Jacobite claims and London mobs
Part II. Creeds and Crises:
5. The fortress of Christianity
6. Out of the war of tongues
7. Authority on the rocks
Part III. Cultural Spaces:
8. Maiden and mother
9. Liberalism and dogma
10. Painful epiphanies
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