Religion, Reform and Modernity in the Eighteenth Century: by Robert G. Ingram

By Robert G. Ingram

The eighteenth century has lengthy divided serious opinion. a few contend that it witnessed the start of the trendy international, whereas others counter that England remained an ancien regime confessional kingdom. This booklet takes factor with either positions, arguing that the previous overstate the novelty of the age and principally misdiagnose the explanations of swap, whereas the latter rightly element to the patience of extra conventional modes of idea and behavior, yet downplay the era's primary uncertainty and misplace the explanations for and the timeline of its passage. the overpowering catalyst for switch is the following obvious to be conflict, instead of long term social and monetary adjustments. Archbishop Thomas Secker (1693-1768), the Cranmer or Laud of his age, and the hitherto missed church reforms he spearheaded, shape the actual concentration of the booklet; this can be the 1st complete archivally-based examine of a very important yet often neglected determine.

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219. Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent (Canterbury, 1797–1801), XIII, p. 511 echoes Cole. BL, Add. MS 5831, f. 191. In his ‘Epilogue to the Satires. ’: Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace and An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, and the Epilogue to the Satires, ed. John Butt (New Haven, CT, 1953), pp. 316–17. 5 Francis Blackburne explained Secker’s orthodoxy as a calculated compensation for the heterodoxy of his youth. ’6 In a private letter to John Wiche, Blackburne hinted at even darker secrets in Secker’s past.

170–73. Philip Doddridge, Free Thoughts on the Most Probable Means of Reviving the Dissenting Interest (1730), in The Works of Rev. P. D. (Leeds, 1803), IV, p. 213. Isaac Watts, An Humble Attempt Towards the Revival of Practical Religion among Christians, By a Serious Address to Ministers and People (1731), in The Works of the Rev. D. (Leeds, 1813), IV, p. 585. Abraham Taylor, A letter to the author of An enquiry into the causes of the decay of the dissenting interests. Containing an apology for some of his inconsistencies; with a plea for the dissenters, and the liberty of the people.

Lxvii. Blackburne, Memoirs of Hollis, I, p. 228. Francis Blackburne, The works, Theological and Miscellaneous, ... of Francis Blackburne ... , and illustrated by an appendix of original papers (Cambridge, 1804), I, pp. xxxiii, xxxvi. 14 ‘EFFORTS AT AMENDMENT’ reform, was a sensibility regarding change. ’61 This point is absolutely crucial to keep in mind, for it usefully reminds us that achieving the aims of eighteenth-century orthodox church reform – conservation, affirmation, and restoration – necessarily required flexibility, adaptation, negotiation, and change.

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