This chapter sets out the key questions concerning the relationship between religion and knowledge that are addressed in the body of the work. It proposes that current notions of intellectual secularization and historical professionalization need to be reconsidered. It sketches the importance of scholarship, and particularly historiography, to the Church of England in this period—a subject that touches on themes such as national identity and religious identity. Finally, it establishes that the Anglican historical scholarship to be considered in this work was not simply an elite project, but rather that it was widely circulated through schools, universities, and independent reading.
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