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Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Anglican Church /
Luke Savin Herrick Wright.
imprint
Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2010.
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295 p.
ISBN
026804418X (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780268044183 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2010.
isbn
026804418X (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780268044183 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Coleridge's political milieu -- Coleridge's religious milieu -- A theology of pantisocracy -- Warburton's and Coleridge's readings of Hooker in Counterpoint -- The friend : the project outlined -- The lay sermons : the Christian's actions in society -- Aids to reflection : dissecting the changeling -- On the divine ideas : Coleridge's systematic theology -- On the constitution of the church and state : the Christian nature of society -- Confessions of an inquiring spirit : interpretation of the scriptures -- Coleridge in a Tory historical context.
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7148712
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Luke Savin Herrick Wright is a visiting scholar in the Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-01-01:
Presenting a Coleridge many readers may not wish to know better, Wright (visiting scholar, Univ. of Virginia) corrects a long-standing overemphasis on Coleridge's radical and Unitarian youth. Focusing on Coleridge's religious prose, this original, learned, and important study considers Coleridge's conception of and investment in the interrelatedness of high church Anglicanism and Tory politics--views that will strike readers as proto-Victorian. Indeed, Wright's Coleridge appears as practically an architect of the Oxford Movement. Wright focuses on Coleridge's mature years, thereby excluding consideration of the poetry, although he does address relevant writings from the 1790s. He shows seeds of the later Coleridge's thought in the younger man's rejection of Whig ideology and in his early theological writings. Wright judiciously avoids consideration of literary Romanticism altogether (Wordsworth is entirely absent) in favor of making a substantial, refreshing contribution to the history of political and theological debate over separation of church and state; in so doing, he most often compares Coleridge's views with those of Richard Hooker and William Warburton. Historians will appreciate Wright's book; literature scholars should heed it. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above. D. A. Robinson Widener University
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"Focusing on Coleridge's religious prose, this original, learned, and important study considers Coleridge's conception of and investment in the interrelatedness of high church Anglicanism and Tory politics--views that will strike readers as proto-Victorian. . . . Historians will appreciate Wright's book; literature scholars should heed it." -- Choice
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This text is a systematic historical examination of Samuel Taylor coleridge's religious prose works. It explores how Coleridge was a prolific writer on the relationship between church and state.
Main Description
"Wright's book establishes, persuasively, that Coleridge's radicalism, both political and theological, was indeed fleeting and that Coleridge made a very significant contribution to what has been called 'the gathering forces of Toryism.' Further, the book traces Coleridge's adaptation of Hooker as he confronted, theologically, the writings of Sacheverell and Warburton and, ultimately, traces his idea of a clerisy and influence on Gladstone and thus the Oxford Movement." -- Richard S. Tomlinson, Richland College "This erudite analysis of Coleridge's theology will provide scholars and critics with valuable new perspectives on a difficult subject." -- Duncan Wu, Georgetown University This book is the first systematic historical examination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's prose religious works. Coleridge (1772-1834), the son of a clergyman, "was born and died a communicating member of the Church of England." He was a prolific writer on the subject of the relationship between church and state. At age twenty-three, Coleridge published his first theological work, Lectures on Revealed Religion, which focused on the concept of reason facilitating virtue. Luke Wright maintains that this theme unites Coleridge's theological writings, including the posthumous Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit(1935). Although he was an advocate of radical politics in the 1790s, by the time Coleridge published The Friend(1809), he had become high Tory. His major contribution to Anglican religious discourse was the revival of the Tory position on church and state, which saw the two as an organic unity rather than separate entities forming an alliance. His writings were vigorously opposed to the Court Whig theory of church and state. After Coleridge's death in 1834, his arguments were taken up by William Gladstone and carried forward. Wright's careful reconstruction of Coleridge's dedication to church-state issues provides a new perspective on the writer himself and on the intellectual history of early nineteenth-century England. "This is an impressively focused work detailing Coleridge's biographical journey through radical politics and high Toryism with an initial and final commitment to Anglicanism, despite encounters and affiliations with other denominations. . . . [A]n original work of scholarship that contributes to an understanding of Coleridge's thought and to the study of church-state theory of the nineteenth century." -- Claire Colebrook, Pennsylvania State University
Main Description
This book is the first systematic historical examination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's prose religious works. Coleridge (1772-1834) was a prolific writer on the subject of the relationship between church and state. His major contribution to Anglican religious discourse was the revival of the Tory position that the two were an organic unity, rather than separate entities forming an alliance. His writings were vigorously opposed to the Court Whig theory of church and state. After Coleridge's death in 1834, his arguments were taken up by William Gladstone and carried forward. Wright's careful reconstruction of Coleridge's dedication to church-state issues provides a new perspective on the writer himself and on the intellectual history of early-nineteenth-century England. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Coleridge as a Young Man
Coleridge's Political Milieup. 3
Coleridge's Religious Milieup. 32
A Theology of Pantisocracyp. 59
The "Landing-Place"
Warburton's and Coleridge's Readings of Hooker in Counterpointp. 85
Coleridge's Mature Project
The Friend: The Project Outlinedp. 103
The Lay Sermons: The Christian's Actions in Societyp. 133
Aids to Reflection: Dissecting the Changelingp. 146
On the Divine Ideas: Coleridge's Systematic Theologyp. 159
On the Constitution of the Church and State: The Christian Nature of Societyp. 185
Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit: Interpretation of the Societyp. 206
The Soul of Toryism
Coleridge in a Tory Historical Contextp. 225
Bibliographyp. 272
Indexp. 282
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