Contested Christianity: The Political and Social Contexts of Victorian Theology
- Author: Timothy Larsen
- ISBN 10: 0918954932
- Publisher: Baylor University Press
- Published: 2004
- Pages: 243
- Language: English
- Format: PDF
- Price: $39.95
This volume explores the cultural, political, and intellectual forces that helped shape and define nineteenth-century British Christianity. Larsen challenges many of the standard assumptions about Victorian era Christians in their attempts to embody their theological commitments. This study brings freshness and verve to the study of religion and the Victorians, bearing fruit in a range of significant, and often counter-intuitive, findings and connections.
Timothy Larsen challenges many stereotypes of Victorian religion in this volume. He shows that Evangelical Nonconformists, far from being uniformly obscurantist or fanatical, could be creative and fair-minded; and he reveals that reflective freethinkers could return to the faith they had once deserted. —David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Sterling
Contested Christianity argues vividly and persuasively that the religious sensibility of the Victorians was so powerful precisely because it was so varied. Tim Larsen is a wonderful guide–wise and witty, as well as deeply learned–through the intricate maze of Victorian religious culture, with its cast of sex-mad clergy, pious blasphemers, Bible-toting tourists and 57 varieties of Christians arguing passionately about everything. This is the best kind of history, which reminds us both how different and how familiar the inhabitants of the past can be. —Peter Mandler, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Through twelve fascinating case studies, Larsen casts new light on an era that was much more than petticoats and crinolines. He uncovers little known figures that stand at the intersection of the history of ideas and the world of popular unbelief with fascinating results that challenge common assumptions about the Victorian era. —Marion Ann Taylor, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
About the Author
Timothy Larsen is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College. Larsen received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wheaton College and his Ph.D. from the University of Stirling in Scotland. Among other works, Larsen has authored Friends of Religious Equality: Nonconformist Politics in Mid-Victorian England (1999) and Christabel Pankhurst: Fundamentalism and Feminism in Coalition (2002). He is also the editor of the Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals (2003).