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Hell and the Victorians: A Study of the Nineteenth-Century Theological Controversies concerning Eternal Punishment and the Future Life

Geoffrey Rowell


This book is a study of eschatological debates at a time when the idea of eternal punishment was under question, and English Christianity was affected by the contrasting Anglican movements of Evangelicalism and Tractarianism and by the controversy over Darwinism. As the nineteenth century began, of all the articles of accepted Christian orthodoxy that troubled the consciences of Victorian churchmen, none caused more anxiety than the everlasting punishment of the wicked. The flames of hell illuminated vividly the tensions of an age in which men felt that old certainties were being eroded by new ... More

Keywords: future life, eternal punishment, Christianity, evolutionary theory, Darwinism, God, hell, morality, Victorians, faith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1974 Print ISBN-13: 9780198266389
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Rowell, author