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Radical ChurchmanEdward Lee Hicks and the New Liberalism$
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Graham Neville

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269779.001.0001

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In Favour of Democracy

In Favour of Democracy

(p.200) 10 In Favour of Democracy
Radical Churchman

Graham Neville

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Hicks's political commitment by placing it against the background of developments within the Liberal party from about 1886 onwards; that is, from that year's General Election, which was the beginning of almost twenty years of rule by Conservatives and Unionists, a period broken only by the brief Liberal administration. It describes Hicks as both a churchman and an intellectual who look up to Maurice as a great teacher and respects intellectual gifts. It notes that Hicks was exempted from the temptation to reject democracy on religious or intellectual grounds by his adoption of a critical attitude towards the Bible and Christian tradition, by his interest in the historical development of human societies, and by his conviction that good government depended on sensitive morality and not on clever manipulation.

Keywords:   Liberal party, general election, Conservatives and Unionists, Maurice, intellectual gifts, democracy, Bible, Christian tradition, sensitive morality

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