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Corporate HolinessPulpit Preaching and the Church of England Missionary Societies, 1760-1870$
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Bob Tennant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567850

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567850.001.0001

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Christian Empire (1): The Overseas Dioceses, 1820–40

Christian Empire (1): The Overseas Dioceses, 1820–40

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(p.197) 6 Christian Empire (1): The Overseas Dioceses, 1820–40
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Corporate Holiness
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Bob Tennant

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567850.003.0007

Turning to the relationship between the overseas dioceses and the home Societies, this chapter discusses the ‘foundation myth’ of the Church in India, as preached by Thomas Robinson in an interpretation of Reginald Heber’s episcopacy. In Britain, political and factional conflicts produced a state of uncertainty strongly contrasted with the optimism of the Church leadership overseas. The Church and the SPG continued to develop the concept of Christian empire in contradiction to political empire and to present in its context actions such as the abolition of slavery. Financially and operationally the SPG converged with the CMS, despite the withdrawal of all government support, and the bishops gradually withdrew from their leading role. This convergence was exemplified by the episcopacy of Daniel Wilson in Calcutta.

Keywords:   Reginald Heber, Thomas Robinson, Daniel Wilson, Anglican province of India, Christian empire, slavery

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