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The Dissenters Volume III: The Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity

Michael R. Watts


This third and final volume of the study of dissent examines the turbulent times of Victorian Nonconformity, a period of faith and of doubt. The book assesses the impacts of the major Dissenting preachers and provides insights into the various movements, such as romanticism and the higher, often German, biblical criticism. It shows that the preaching of hell and eternal damnation was more effective in recruiting to the chapels than the gentler interpretations. The book analyses surviving records of attendance at Nonconformist services. It provides fascinating accounts of Spurgeon and the other ... More

Keywords: dissent, Victorian Nonconformity, faith, doubt, preachers, biblical criticism, Education Act, temperance, Forster, Balfour

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198229698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.001.0001


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Michael R. Watts, author

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Part I ‘The very foundations of the Christian faith’: The Crisis of Dissent

Part II ‘The hub and fount of social life’: The Liberalization of Dissent

Part III ‘What is morally wrong can never be politically right’: The Conscience of Dissent

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