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The Dissenters Volume IIIThe Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity$
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Michael R. Watts

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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‘The God of the hills’

‘The God of the hills’

The Impact of Romanticism

(p.2) (p.3) 1 ‘The God of the hills’
The Dissenters Volume III

Michael R. Watts

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the influence of the Romantic movement on the Dissenters in the mid-nineteenth century. It describes William Hale White, who became one of many Dissenters whose religious orthodoxy was challenged, and in some cases overturned, by contact with the Romantic movement. Although they did not reject the concept of God, the Romantics depicted God in a very different way from orthodox theologians. They saw the evidence for God's handiwork not in the perfect working of pre-ordained laws, but in the continuous development of nature and of human history.

Keywords:   religious dissent, William Hale White, Romantic movement, Dissenters, Romantics, God, religion

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