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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


William Hone

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/9780199287871.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter explores the life of William Hone. It pays particular attention to his thought as a freethinker, parodist, and alleged blasphemer that led to his famous trials. His atheist phase was ... More


Thomas Cooper

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/9780199287871.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Thomas Cooper was a Methodist preacher as a young man. His radical politics as a Chartist led to a time of prison. He became a leading, popular, freethinking lecturer who was particularly influenced ... More


Joseph Barker

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/9780199287871.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Joseph Barker was a Methodist New Connexion minister, but his evolving religious journey led him to split the denomination. He moved to America and became a leading popular freethinker and anti-Bible ... More


John Bagnall Bebbington

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/9780199287871.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

John Bagnall Bebbington, in addition to writing and lecturing in favour of Secularism, was also a patron of freethinking endeavours. He was the chairman of the Temple Secular Society and the editor ... More


Crisis of Doubt

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/9780199287871.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The Victorian Secularist movement knew that it was experiencing a crisis of doubt. Freethinkers reconverted because they came to believe that Secularism was merely negative, that it offered no basis ... More


The Apologetics of Modern Culture Wars: The Case of Weimar Germany

Todd H. Weir

in Defending the Faith: Global Histories of Apologetics and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780197266915
eISBN:
9780191938177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266915.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter proposes that apologetics, a term borrowed from Christian theology, can provide a new analytical tool for understanding and comparing the structures and dynamics not just of religious ... More


Influence of the English Rationalist Movement

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812608
eISBN:
9780199919406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter starts by tracing the influence of rationalist, atheist and secularist ideas and organisations in 19th century England on like-minded groups in India. Important in this respect are not ... More


Deeds of daring rectitude

Tanya Cheadle

in Sexual Progressives: Reimagining Intimacy in Scotland, 1880-1914

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781526125255
eISBN:
9781526152060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526125262.00010
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter provides the first detailed analysis of the life and work of Edinburgh feminist freethinker Jane Hume Clapperton. Born into a wealthy and respectable mercantile family, her route to ... More


Victorian Christianity and Emigrant Voyages to British Colonies c.1840 - c.1914

Rowan Strong

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198724247
eISBN:
9780191791994
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198724247.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Church History

This volume looks at the religious dimensions of the nineteenth-century British and Irish emigration experience, examining the varieties of Christianity adhered to by most British and Irish emigrants ... More


From Revelation to Radicalism

Dr Philip Lockley

in Visionary Religion and Radicalism in Early Industrial England: From Southcott to Socialism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199663873
eISBN:
9780191744792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663873.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religion and Society

This chapter pieces together the origins of a working alliance between certain Southcottian figures and freethinkers in 1830 and 1831. It recovers the settings of the emergent alliance, the points of ... More


Agents of the Millennium

Dr Philip Lockley

in Visionary Religion and Radicalism in Early Industrial England: From Southcott to Socialism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199663873
eISBN:
9780191744792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663873.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religion and Society

The chapter recovers the theological basis for James Elishama Smith’s radical career in the early 1830s, explaining his rapid transition from Southcottian to Owenite socialist in 1832-33. The chapter ... More


Eve’s Curse

Kimberly A. Hamlin

in From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women's Rights in Gilded Age America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226134611
eISBN:
9780226134758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226134758.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Chapter One argues that the Genesis creation story played a defining role in debates about women’s rights for generations and that this is why so many women responded enthusiastically to Darwinian ... More


A ‘Radical Underworld’? The infidel roots of Chartist culture

Tom Scriven

in Popular Virtue: Continuity and Change in Radical Moral Politics, 1820-70

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781526114754
eISBN:
9781526128164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526114754.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter focusses on the Radical print culture of the 1820s and 1830s and revises the notion that the early Chartists were austere and moralistic, highlighting instead the populist elements of ... More


Counter-conversion: Freethinking feminists and the renunciation of religion

Laura Schwartz

in Infidel feminism: Secularism, religion and women's emancipation, England 1830–1914

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780719085826
eISBN:
9781781704936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719085826.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the ‘counter-conversions’ of women from religion to Freethought. It uses their personal narratives to ask wider questions about the relationship between Christianity and the ... More


Preachers of truth: women's activism in the Secularist movement

Laura Schwartz

in Infidel feminism: Secularism, religion and women's emancipation, England 1830–1914

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780719085826
eISBN:
9781781704936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719085826.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the journeys of the women in studies from Christianity into the organised Freethought movement and examines their attempts to carve out a ‘public’ role as prominent lecturers, ... More


Infidel feminism: feminism in the Freethought movement

Laura Schwartz

in Infidel feminism: Secularism, religion and women's emancipation, England 1830–1914

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780719085826
eISBN:
9781781704936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719085826.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the tensions surrounding the place of ‘woman’ in Freethought ideology. It discusses ‘infidel feminism’ and Freethought support for woman's rights alongside its more problematic ... More


Freethought and Free Love? Marriage, birth control and sexual morality

Laura Schwartz

in Infidel feminism: Secularism, religion and women's emancipation, England 1830–1914

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780719085826
eISBN:
9781781704936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719085826.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter discusses the influence of Freethought in the development of first-wave feminism, focusing on debates over marriage, birth control and sexual morality. It examines the tensions between ... More


Conclusion

Laura Schwartz

in Infidel feminism: Secularism, religion and women's emancipation, England 1830–1914

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780719085826
eISBN:
9781781704936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719085826.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter notes that first-wave feminism involved a fierce battle of ideas over religion, a battle which was itself crucial in the creation of modern understandings of religion and secularisation. ... More


Heretics, Infidels, and Iconoclasts: The Freewheeling Religious World of the Late Nineteenth Century

Joseph Locke

in Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190216283
eISBN:
9780190216313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190216283.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, History of Religion

This chapter recreates the freewheeling religious world of the late nineteenth century by exploring the institutional weaknesses, theological wrangling, and lack of numerical strength that plagued ... More


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