A History of the English Church Volume 8, PT. 1

A History of the English Church Volume 8, PT. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...Introduction (1802) opened the door more widely than perhaps he intended. Hartwell Horne's Introduction to the Critical Study of Holy Scripture, published in 1818, was also an enlightened work. The attention of English scholars once directed towards Germany, the influence of German thought was increased, though most English divines did not read German books till they were translated. Pusey's Inquiry into German Rationalism, published in 1828, and his studies in Schleiermacher worked in the same direction, though not with his will. But the citadels of orthodoxy were as yet unassailed. The Oxford of 1820 resembled, so far as the times suffered it, the Oxford of Johnson and Gibbon. The University was entirely governed by clergymen. Every head of a college, every professor and other office-bearer in the University was a clergyman, every fellow of a college was bound to take orders within a prescribed time or to resign. The resident members of the University were sufficiently numerous to form a body of public opinion, and though all were not learned, there was enough learning at Oxford to make this public opinion respectable. The current mode of thinking was entirely old-fashioned, orthodox in religion and Tory in politics. Oriel and Balliol were to some extent a focus of liberalism; elsewhere the new gospel had no access. Yet young men came up year by year to Oxford full of the ideas which cost Shelley his place there. In course of time Arnold's pupils leavened Oxford, but it took many years to break down the Tory fences in politics, and more to give admittance to the idea that the theology as well as the politics of the ruling classes was vulnerable. The attack upon privilege was led by enthusiasts and economists who sympathised with the sufferings...
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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236542606
  • 9781236542601