By C. Brad Faught
Well over a century and a part after its excessive aspect, the Oxford stream maintains to face out as a robust instance of faith in motion. Led by means of 4 younger Oxford dons—John Henry Newman, John Keble, Richard Hurrell Froude, and Edward Pusey—this renewal circulation in the Church of britain used to be a important occasion within the political, spiritual, and social lifetime of the early Victorian period. This booklet deals an updated and hugely available evaluate of the Oxford stream.
Beginning officially in 1833 with John Keble's recognized "National Apostasy" sermon and lasting till 1845, while Newman made his celebrated conversion to Roman Catholicism, the Oxford flow posed deep and far-reaching questions about the connection among Church and kingdom, the Catholic historical past of the Church of britain, and the Church's social accountability, specifically within the new commercial society. The 4 scholar-priests, who got here to be often called the Tractarians (in connection with their e-book of Tracts for the Times), courted controversy as they attacked the country for its insidious incursions onto sacred Church flooring and summoned the clergy to be a thorn within the part of the govt.
C. Brad Faught methods the move thematically, highlighting 5 key components within which the circulate affected English society extra broadly—politics, faith and theology, friendship, society, and missions. the good thing about this thematic technique is that it illuminates the often missed wider political, social, and cultural effect of the flow. The questions raised by way of the Tractarians stay as correct this present day as they have been then. Their such a lot primary question—"What is where of the Church within the glossy world?"—still continues to be unanswered.
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