Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England

Paperback | October 9, 2008

byTimothy Larsen

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The Victorian crisis of faith has dominated discussions of religion and the Victorians. Stories are frequently told of prominent Victorians such as George Eliot losing their faith. This crisis is presented as demonstrating the intellectual weakness of Christianity as it was assaulted by newlines of thought such as Darwinism and biblical criticism. This study serves as a corrective to that narrative. It focuses on freethinking and Secularist leaders who came to faith. As sceptics, they had imbibed all the latest ideas that seemed to undermine faith; nevertheless, they went on toexperience a crisis of doubt, and then to defend in their writings and lectures the intellectual cogency of Christianity. The Victorian crisis of doubt was surprisingly large. Telling this story serves to restore its true proportion and to reveal the intellectual strength of faith in the nineteenthcentury.

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The Victorian crisis of faith has dominated discussions of religion and the Victorians. Stories are frequently told of prominent Victorians such as George Eliot losing their faith. This crisis is presented as demonstrating the intellectual weakness of Christianity as it was assaulted by newlines of thought such as Darwinism and biblica...

Timothy Larsen, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, is Professor of Theology, Wheaton College, Illinois, USA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.78 inPublished:October 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199544034

ISBN - 13:9780199544035

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Table of Contents

1. Crisis of Faith2. William Hone3. Frederic Rowland Young4. Thomas Cooper5. John Henry Gordon6. Joseph Barker7. John Bagnall Bebbington8. George Sexton9. How Many Reconverts Were There?10. Crisis of Doubt

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`Puts the psychological explanation of conversion, loss of faith, and reconversion very well into context...Larsen's book is a very interesting one.'The Church Times