• ‘Holiness in Victorian and Edwardian England: Some Ecclesial Patterns and Theological Requisitions’

    Author(s):
    Jason Goroncy (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Theology
    Subject(s):
    Church history, Theology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Church history, Holiness, P. T. Forsyth, Victorian, Theology
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M68T31
    Abstract:
    This essay begins by offering some observations about how holiness was comprehended and expressed in Victorian and Edwardian England. In addition to the ‘sensibility’ and ‘sentiment’ that characterised society, notions of holiness were shaped by, and developed in reaction to, dominant philosophical movements; notably, the Enlightenment and Romanticism. It then considers how these notions found varying religious expression in four Protestant traditions – the Oxford Movement, Calvinism, Wesleyanism, and the early Keswick movement. In juxtaposition to what was most often considered to be a negative expression of holiness associated primarily with anthropocentric and anthroposocial behaviour as evidenced in these traditions, the essay concludes by examining one – namely, P. T. Forsyth – whose voice called from within the ecclesial community for a radical requisition of holiness language as a fundamentally positive reality describing the divine life and divine activity. The relevance of a study of the Church’s understanding of holiness and how it sought to develop its doctrine while engaging with larger social and philosophical shifts endures with us still.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
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