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By Josef L. Altholz

Controversy, specifically spiritual controversy, was once the good spectator recreation of Victorian England. This paintings is a examine of the largest and better of Victorian non secular controversies. Essays and studies (1860) was once a composite quantity of 7 authors (six of them Anglican monks) which introduced England its first critical publicity to biblical feedback. It evoked an argument lasting 4 years, together with articles in newspapers, magazines and experiences, clerical and episcopal censures, a torrent of tracts, pamphlets and sermons, by way of weightier tomes (and stories of all these), prosecution for heresy within the ecclesiastical courts, attract the top secular courtroom, condemnation through the Convocation of the clergy and a debate in Parliament. Essays and experiences was once the fruits and ultimate act of the large Church move. Outwardly the clash ended inconclusively; at a deeper point, it marked the exhaustion either one of the huge Church and of Anglican orthodoxy and the graduation of an period of spiritual doubt. This controversy illustrates the pathology of Victorian faith in its demonstration of the propensity to controvert and the tools of controversialists. it truly is either the best Victorian main issue of religion and the simplest case learn of Victorian non secular controversy.

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