The Dissenters: Volume III: The Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity by Michael R. WattsThe Dissenters: Volume III: The Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity by Michael R. Watts

The Dissenters: Volume III: The Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity

byMichael R. Watts

Hardcover | April 16, 2015

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This third and final volume of Michael Watts's study of dissent examines the turbulent times of Victorian Nonconformity, a period of faith and of doubt. Watts assesses the impacts of the major Dissenting preachers and provides insights into the various movements, such as romanticism and thehigher, often German, biblical criticism. He shows that the preaching of hell and eternal damnation was more effective in recruiting to the chapels than the gentler interpretations. A major feature of the volume is a thorough analysis of surviving records of attendance at Nonconformist services. Heprovides fascinating accounts of Spurgeon and the other key figures of Nonconformity, including of the Salvation Army.Dr Watts also provides a fresh discussion of the contribution which Nonconformity made to the politics of mid- to late-Victorian Britain. He examines such issues of reform as Forster's Education Act of 1871, temperance, and Balfour's Education Act of 1902, and considers Nonconformist interventionsin such controversies as the Bulgarian Agitation, Home Rule for Ireland, the Armenian massacres of the mid 1890s, and the Boer War. The volume concludes with the Liberal landslide in the 1906 general election, which saw probably more Nonconformists elected than any time since the era of OliverCromwell.
Michael Watts was Reader in Modern History at the University of Nottingham (1967-1998). He completed the text of his third volume of the Dissenters before he died in 2011. This volume subsequently has been lightly revised and a preface added by Professor David Bebbington.
Title:The Dissenters: Volume III: The Crisis and Conscience of NonconformityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.43 inPublished:April 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198229690

ISBN - 13:9780198229698


Table of Contents

PART I: 'THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH': THE CRISIS OF DISSENT1. 'The God of the hills': The impact of Romanticism2. 'Destructive of the authority of divine revelation': Genesis, geology, and evolution3. 'The ground on which Rational Christianity may firmly take its stand': higher criticism and the Unitarians4. 'An inspired communication from the Deity ... Or ... Nothing': the dilemma of Evangelical Dissenters5. 'The seal and servant of Christianity': the Spiritualist alternative6. 'An easy good - natured God': the collapse of Calvinism7. 'The hateful mystery': the eclipse of eternal punishment8. 'The sceptical tendencies of modern times': the isolation of Spurgeon9. 'The heresies of the Baptist Union': the Down Grade10. 'A conspiracy to undermine our holy faith': the liberal triumphPART II: 'THE HUB AND FOUNT OF SOCIAL LIFE': THE LIBERALIZATION OF DISSENT11. Church membership and chapel attendance: the consequences of the crisis12. 'Conversion is not necessary to regeneration': the failure of recruitment13. Nonconformity's shrinking constituency: the evidence of the dissenting registers14. 'Influential families lost to conformity': the flight of the bourgeoisie15. The failure of success: the loss of the poor16. The 'most spiritually destitute and degraded': missions to the poor17. 'Diversity of opinion no bar to Christian communion': the relaxation of discipline18. 'We must not leave Satan to provide the "recreations of life"': the problem of pleasure19. The 'social and intellectual well-being of our members': the institutional church20. 'A liberal education': culture without anarchy21. 'Winning souls' or 'unlimited speculation'?: colleges and universities22. Frugality and over work: pastors and preachers23. 'The future rests with the Free Churches': free church union and the Welsh revivalPART III: 'WHAT IS MORALLY WRONG CAN NEVER BE POLITICALLY RIGHT': THE CONSCIENCE OF DISSENT24. 'The largest and widest church ever established': the influence of George Dawson25. 'Once bit, twice shy': the Forster Education Act26. 'A torrent of gin and beer': the Nonconformist revolt and liberal defeat27. 'The right of the people to judge for themselves': Bulgaria and Ireland28. 'A Mutual Benefit Association': trade unionists and employers29. Making 'men moral by act of parliament': personal redemption versus environmental reformation30. 'To reconstruct the existing organization of society': from philanthropy to christian socialism and the new liberalism31. 'A most astonishing opening, furnished by the providence of God': imperialism and the missionary conscience32. 'The thunder of British guns': Armenia and the Boer War33. 'The descendants of men like Oliver Cromwell': the Balfour Education Act and the liberal landslideIndex