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Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England

Timothy Larsen


For fifty years or more, a dominant motif in 19th-century British studies has been the Victorian crisis of faith or loss of faith. From Basil Willey to A. N. Wilson, books have been written that recounted the stories of Victorians who lost their faith. This narrative has become so ingrained that it is often the principal theme presented when religion in 19th-century Britain is discussed in general histories, textbooks, and literary studies. Serving as a corrective to that tired and overblown approach, this book uncovers a new pattern: the Victorian crisis of doubt. A whole succession of freeth ... More

Keywords: crisis of faith, loss of faith, freethought, Secularists, Secularism, reconverts, honest faith, honest doubt, scepticism, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199287871
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287871.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Larsen, author
Professor of Theology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
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