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How Many Reconverts Were There?

Timothy Larsen

in Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199287871
eISBN:
9780191713422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287871.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter argues that the crisis of doubt in the world of popular freethought was a deep one. A significant percentage of Secularist leaders reconverted.


Modernity and the Discourse of Scientific Buddhism

David L. McMahan

in The Making of Buddhist Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195183276
eISBN:
9780199870882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183276.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter shows, with attention to the social, political, and polemical contexts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the ways Buddhists and Buddhist sympathizers attempted to align Buddhism ... More


Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England

Timothy Larsen

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199287871
eISBN:
9780191713422
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287871.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

For fifty years or more, a dominant motif in 19th-century British studies has been the Victorian crisis of faith or loss of faith. From Basil Willey to A. N. Wilson, books have been written that ... More


1 “Where Is Their God?”

Adiel Schremer

in Brothers Estranged: Heresy, Christianity and Jewish Identity in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195383775
eISBN:
9780199777280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383775.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter discusses the effects of the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, and the failure of the Bar Kokhba revolt in 135 CE, on the morale of Palestinian Jews, as reflected in earliest ... More


The Culture of Proof and the Crisis of Faith

Courtenay Raia

in The New Prometheans: Faith, Science, and the Supernatural Mind in the Victorian Fin de Siécle

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226635217
eISBN:
9780226635491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226635491.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The nineteenth century saw the scientific revolution come sweeping through the common culture, not just as technology or worldview, but more intimately, as a personal standard of truth. The Victorian ... More


Idealist Philosophy of Religion

W. J. Mander

in British Idealism: A History

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199559299
eISBN:
9780191725531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559299.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

It has been said that to its adherents philosophy of religion was the most important part of Idealism, and in this chapter it is argued that British Idealism offered a solution to the Victorian ... More


Romancing the Crone: Frederic Myers, Spiritualism, and the “Enchanted Portal to the World”

Courtenay Raia

in The New Prometheans: Faith, Science, and the Supernatural Mind in the Victorian Fin de Siécle

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226635217
eISBN:
9780226635491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226635491.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Frederic Myers (1843 -1901) was born at the crossroads of literary Romanticism and evangelical piety. In his youth, he rebelled as a poet, neo-Platonist, and Hellenic libertine. A classics major at ... More


“A Damnable Doctrine”: Darwin and the Soul of Victorian Doubt

Dominic Erdozain

in The Soul of Doubt: The Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199844616
eISBN:
9780190267384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844616.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the emergence of Darwinian natural selection, the “warfare” between science and religion, and the crisis of faith in Victorian Britain. It argues that the new science of ... More


Denouement

Janja A. Lalich

in Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231948
eISBN:
9780520937512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231948.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter highlights an incident that represents a major turning point in the life of the cult group Heaven's Gate. Nettles fell ill sometime in the early 1980s, a fact that was kept from most ... More


The Traveler’s Dark Night of the Soul

Eric Dietrich

in Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171021
eISBN:
9780231539357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter discusses a rather common issue faced by the spiritual traveler—the crisis of faith, which St. John of the Cross called the dark night of the soul. The primary cause of that doubt is ... More


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