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The History of Oxford University Press: Volume II1780 to 1896$
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Simon Eliot

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543151.001.0001

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Theology, Divinity, and Sermons

Theology, Divinity, and Sermons

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(p.402) Chapter 9 Theology, Divinity, and Sermons
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The History of Oxford University Press: Volume II
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Michael Ledger-Lomas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543151.003.0010

Theological titles began as a dominant, became a growing, and remained a significant proportion of all titles published on the learned side, and most of these titles were geared to the intellectual needs of the intending clergy who made up a significant number of the University's student body. The Press remained aloof from the internecine conflict prevalent in the University during the age of Tractarianism, preferring to print conservative theology and editions of the ‘standard’ divines. Following the Tractarian disputes, the University gradually became more secular from the mid-nineteenth century, eventually abolishing the religious test for MAs in 1871. The Faculty of Theology, established in 1870, professionalized the teaching of future clerics and required both textbooks and scholarly editions from the Press. The Delegates balanced the decreasing requirements of clerical students with the growing number of books published on the beliefs and sacred texts of non-Christian religions.

Keywords:   theological titles, student body, religion, Anglicanism, Oxford Movement, Tractarianism, orthodoxy, Faculty of Theology, Delegates, clerics

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