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Tractarians and the "condition of England" [electronic resource] : the social and political thought of the Oxford movement /
S.A. Skinner.
imprint
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
description
viii, 330 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0199273235 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
isbn
0199273235 (hbk. : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8085931
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-319) and index.
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A fine monograph ... anyone interested in the history of Tractarianism who wants to access the latest thinking will be richly rewarded by reading it.
a meticulously crafted monograph ... We are indebted to him for his retrieval of a more comprehensive historical record.
Clearly presented and well documented ... an important research monograph which certainly deserves a place in every theological library and on the personal bookshelves of all those with an interest in nineteenth-century ecclesiastical history.
"clearly presented and well documented ... an important research monograph which certainly deserves a place in every theological library and on the personal bookshelves of all those with an interest in nineteenth-century ecclesiastical history." - Nigel Yates Journal of Ecclesiastical History "...a meticulously crafted monograph ... We are indebted to him for his retrieval of a more comprehensive historical record." -- John Marsden, The Heythrop Journal "There are some scholars of the history of religion who transform their subject. Like Eamon Duffy in The Stripping of the Altars , and Boyd Hilton in The Age of Atonement ...they change the landscape that they illuminate.... This power to revolutionise existing attitudes is a characteristic of Dr Skinner's erudite study of the social and political doctrine of the Oxford Movement.... A rare precision of thought and clarity of language make this book a pleasure to read. It will be indispensable to anyone interested in 19th-century British and religious history."--Sheridan Gilley, Church Times "Thoroughly researched, well argued, and engaging.... Historians of Victorian Anglicanism, church history, publishing, and working-class radicalism must read it."--Denis Paz Reviews in Religion and Theology "A fine monograph...anyone interested in the history of Tractarianism who wants to access the latest thinking will be richly rewarded by reading it."--Nigel Aston, New Directions
"clearly presented and well documented ... an important research monograph which certainly deserves a place in every theological library and on the personal bookshelves of all those with an interest in nineteenth-century ecclesiastical history." - Nigel YatesJournal of Ecclesiastical History "...a meticulously crafted monograph ... We are indebted to him for his retrieval of a more comprehensive historical record." -- John Marsden,The Heythrop Journal "There are some scholars of the history of religion who transform their subject. Like Eamon Duffy inThe Stripping of the Altars, and Boyd Hilton inThe Age of Atonement...they change the landscape that they illuminate.... This power to revolutionise existing attitudes is a characteristic of Dr Skinner's erudite study of the social and political doctrine of the Oxford Movement.... A rare precision of thought and clarity of language make this book a pleasure to read. It will be indispensable to anyone interested in 19th-century British and religious history."--Sheridan Gilley,ChurchTimes "Thoroughly researched, well argued, and engaging.... Historians of Victorian Anglicanism, church history, publishing, and working-class radicalism must read it."--Denis PazReviews in Religion and Theology "A fine monograph...anyone interested in the history of Tractarianism who wants to access the latest thinking will be richly rewarded by reading it."--Nigel Aston,New Directions
Skinner's book reflects deep research and careful analysis ... an extremely important book,and must reading for anyone who is seriously interested in the Oxford Movement or the history of nineteenth-century religion.
'Skinner's book reflects deep research and careful analysis ... an extremely important book,and must reading for anyone who is seriously interested in the Oxford Movement or the history of nineteenth-century religion.'George Mariz, History: Review of New Books
There are some scholars of the history of religion who transform their subject. Like Eamon Duffy in The Stripping of the Altars,and Boyd Hilton in The Age of Atonement ... they change the landscape that they illuminate... This power to revolutionise existing attitudes is a characteristic of Dr Skinner's erudite study of the social and political doctrine of the Oxford Movement ... A rare precision of thought and clarity of language make this book a pleasure to read. It will be indispensable to anyone interested in 19th-century British and religious history.
Thoroughly researched, well argued, and engaging ... Historians of Victorian Anglicanism, church history, publishing, and working-class radicalism must read it.
very important... corrects long-held assumptions to the effect that this type of Churchman had little to say about social and economic questions.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Making use of neglected periodical and fictional material, Simon Skinner challenges the construction of tractarianism as an episode in church history, and the convention that tractarians had little interest in social questions.
Main Description
Tractarians and the 'Condition of England' challenges the conventional view of tractarianism as an episode in church history, and the assumption that tractarians had little interest in the 'social condition of England'. It argues that, by a natural application of their theory of the church'sprimacy over the state, first-generation tractarians in fact directed a vigorous commentary against the iniquities of commercialism, of political economy and the new poor law, and of the condition of the labouring poor. This conclusion is derived in part from conventional sources for tractarianthought, such as manuscript, homiletic, and pamphlet material. However, the book also makes systematic use of two neglected though rich polemical sources: the British Critic, a quarterly periodical for whose editorial control J. H. Newman successfully manoeuvred in the late 1830s, and the canon ofsocial novels issued by some of tractarianism's prolific yet forgotten commentators, in particular William Gresley and F. E. Paget. The author, Simon Skinner, complements recent scholarship which has refined understanding of the political and intellectual culture of nineteenth-century Britain byrecovering religious and theological dimensions.
Main Description
Tractarians and the 'Condition of England' challenges the conventional view of tractarianism as an episode in church history, and the assumption that tractarians had little interest in the 'social condition of England'. It argues that, by a natural application of their theory of the church's primacy over the state, first-generation tractarians in fact directed a vigorous commentary against the iniquities of commercialism, of political economy and the new poor law, and of the condition of the labouring poor. This conclusion is derived in part from conventional sources for tractarian thought, such as manuscript, homiletic, and pamphlet material. However, the book also makes systematic use of two neglected though rich polemical sources: the British Critic , a quarterly periodical for whose editorial control J. H. Newman successfully manoeuvred in the late 1830s, and the canon of social novels issued by some of tractarianism's prolific yet forgotten commentators, in particular William Gresley and F. E. Paget. The author, Simon Skinner, complements recent scholarship which has refined understanding of the political and intellectual culture of nineteenth-century Britain by recovering religious and theological dimensions.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Tractarian Commentary and Posterity
The Background
Sources of Tractarian Criticism
The Political Model
High Politics: Church and State
Low Politics: the Parish Unit
The Social Criticism
The Commercial Spirit: 'the Worship of Mammon'
Political Economy: 'the Philosophy of Antichrist'
The Church and the Poor: 'the Poor Man's Court of Justice'Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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