By Bernard M. G. Reardon
Mr Reardon starts off with a considerable advent characterizing the age as a complete, contrasting it with the former century and assessing its everlasting achievements. The e-book is split into components. the 1st offers with twelve writers from continental Europe, with an account of the selected author's lifestyles, paintings and critiques. the second one offers with British and American writers and back all the twelve chapters is brought via an essay of approximately 1500 phrases. Mr Reardon offers exact consciousness to the philosophical interpretation of faith and of Christianity particularly. conventional dogma and ecclesiastical politics, no matter if Roman Catholic or Protestant, were refrained from and emphasis is given to rules and pursuits which are attribute of the interval. now not all of the thinkers brought (e.g. Feuerbach, Comte, J. S. Mill) are themselves Christian. the result's a transparent photograph of the most currents of Western non secular idea within the 19th century. it's a century which the scholar of faith this day is probably going to discover of serious curiosity and to which many will believe a detailed affinity.
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D. Maurice, though his originality was less appreciated then than it is today. Maurice's thought ranged widely, and despite a certain inability to express himself with due force and clarity he deepened understanding of any subject to which he turned, whether it related to faith or to society. Yet he was not a 'party' man; more characteristic of the so-called Broad Church attitude were the authors of Essays and Reviews, published in i860, although the hostility which their modest volume incited revealed how little ready the religious public still was for any real qualification of staunchly traditionalist ideas, especially in the matter of biblical study.
Yet basically positivism was unsound since it failed to deal in convincing manner with the hfe of the mind, and contrary to its own principles reintroduced metaphysics in the shape of naturalism. Nevertheless, Comte's far-fetched Religion of Humanity was in itself a notable testimony 25 2-2 INTRODUCTION to the abiding human need of what supernatural religion seeks to offer. Some of Comte's most eager disciples were to be found in England, and these readily connected his work with the native tradition of philosophical empiricism.
Chateaubriand's Genie du Christianisme, published in 1802, was among the earliest expressions of the new spirit and mood. Its author himself 26 INTRODUCTION points out how, at that moment, France was emerging from the chaos of revolution. 'The faithful', he claimed, 'believed themselves to be saved by the appearance of a book which answered so well to their inward state of feeling; there was need for a faith, a desire for religious consolation, which came from the very lack of that consolation for so many years.
Religious Thought in the Nineteenth Century: Illustrated from Writers of the Period by Bernard M. G. Reardon