F D Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority

Paperback | May 29, 2008

byJeremy Morris

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This book offers a reassessment of the theology of F. D. Maurice (1805-72), one of the most significant theologians of the modern Church of England. It seeks to place Maurice's theology in the context of nineteenth-century conflicts over the social role of the Church, and over the truth ofthe Christian revelation. Maurice is known today mostly for his seminal role in the formation of Christian Socialism, and for his dismissal from his chair at King's College, London, over his denial of the doctrine of eternal punishment. Drawing on the whole range of Maurice's extensive publishedwork, this book argues that his theology, and his social and educational activity, were held together above all by his commitment to a renewal of Anglican ecclesiology. At a time when, following the social upheavals of the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, many of his contemporariesfeared that the authority of the Christian Church - and particularly of the Church of England - was under threat, Maurice sought to reinvigorate his Church's sense of mission by emphasizing its national responsibility, and its theological inclusiveness. In the process, he pioneered a newappreciation of the diversity of Christian traditions that was to be of great importance for the Church of England's ecumenical commitment. He also sought to limit the damage of internal Church division, by promoting a view of the Church's comprehensiveness that acknowledged the complementary truthof convictions fiercely held by competing parties.

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This book offers a reassessment of the theology of F. D. Maurice (1805-72), one of the most significant theologians of the modern Church of England. It seeks to place Maurice's theology in the context of nineteenth-century conflicts over the social role of the Church, and over the truth ofthe Christian revelation. Maurice is known to...

Jeremy Morris is Dean, Fellow, and Director of Studies at Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.56 inPublished:May 29, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199545316

ISBN - 13:9780199545315

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The End of the Old Order1. The Demise of the Confessional State2. The Emergence of the Maurician Synthesis: A Coleridgean in Theology3. The Catholicity of Protestantism - Redescribing the Church4. Church and Nation5. The Church in Society6. The Crisis in Belief7. Conclusion

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`Jeremy Morris offers a reliable guide to a theologian who, like Newman, has suffered from excessive praise. 'The Journal of Theological Studies