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Crisis of DoubtHonest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England$
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Timothy Larsen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287871.001.0001

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Crisis of Doubt

Crisis of Doubt

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(p.239) 10 Crisis of Doubt
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Crisis of Doubt
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Timothy Larsen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287871.003.0010

The Victorian Secularist movement knew that it was experiencing a crisis of doubt. Freethinkers reconverted because they came to believe that Secularism was merely negative, that it offered no basis for morality, and that it adhered to a procrustean system of logic. Positively, they were drawn to the Bible and to Jesus of Nazareth, to the realm of the spirit (sometimes through Spiritualism), and to Christians who modeled learning and a commitment to justice. Popular radicals were ahead of members of the social elite when it came to these intellectual trends.

Keywords:   Secularism, Secularist, freethought, freethinkers, morality, Bible, Jesus, Spiritualism

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