New PDF release: Contesting Cultural Authority: Essays in Victorian

By Frank M. Turner

ISBN-10: 0511522851

ISBN-13: 9780511522857

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ISBN-13: 9780521068789

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This quantity of essays via a number one pupil of Victorian highbrow heritage displays examine, instructing and writing performed over greater than two decades. 5 of the essays are new; seven, even though released formerly, were revised for this assortment. The essays disguise a very large spectrum of Victorian idea, together with the problems of secularization, cultural apostasy, the situation of religion, Victorian medical naturalism, the clash among technological know-how and faith, the connection of technological know-how and politics, and the Victorian perspective in the direction of the traditional international. Taken as an entire the essays represent an enormous revisionist evaluation of the Victorian highbrow company so that it will be of curiosity to students in a large choice of fields.

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There can be little doubt that the drive for Nonconformist civil rights, education reform, disestablishment in England, Ireland, and Wales, as well as the sharp Nonconformist anti-clericalism contributed to the emergence of a secular society, but it is a highly questionable proposition to see such a society as the goal of the Nonconformists. At the time, many Victorian Christians conceived secular solutions as a device to realize distinctly religious goals and indeed to Christianize the nation.

When delivered in 1874 to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, this address gave Tyndall a lifelong reputation as a thoroughgoing materialist and stirred an enormous Victorian controversy over the alleged materialism of science. 32 Their analysis of the early years of the British Association for the Advancement of Science demonstrated two important points. First, most of the early leaders of Victorian science did sincerely believe the various arguments associated with natural religion.

Virtually all of his subjects emerged from his analysis as profoundly religious if also profoundly unorthodox. In effect he judged all of his protagonists by the values of romantic religion and liberal theology. The religious and the secular in Victorian Britain The largely unquestioning acceptance of such contemporary critiques as descriptively correct led many intellectual historians until recently to ignore or to deprecate a vast amount of religious activity in the nineteenth century and even more perhaps in the eighteenth.

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