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The Church in the Nineteenth Century

The Church in the Nineteenth Century
Frances Knight

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The nineteenth century was one of the most fascinating and volatile periods in Christian history. It was during this time that Christianity evolved into a truly global religion, which led to an ever greater variety of ways for Christians to express and profess their faith. Frances Knight addresses the crucial question of how Christianity contributed to individual identity in a context of widespread urbanisation and modernisation. She explores important topics such as the Evangelical revival led by the likes of the founder of the Christian Mission - later the Salvation Army - William Booth; the Oxford Movement under Newman, Keble and Pusey; Mormonism and Protestant revivalism in the USA; socialism and the impacts of Karl Marx and anarchism; continuing theological divisions between Protestants and Catholics; and the development of pilgrimage and devotion at places like Lourdes and Knock. Her book also examines the most significant intellectual trends, such as the rise of critical approaches to the Bible, and the different directions that these took in Britain and America.

The author's unique emphasis on the 'ordinary' experience of Christians worldwide makes her volume indispensable for students and general readers who will be fascinated by this sensitive twenty-first century perspective on the nineteenth century.

Author Info

Frances Knight is Senior Lecturer in the Modern History of Christianity at the University of Wales, Lampeter. She is the author of an acclaimed book - The Nineteenth Century Church and English Society (1995, paperback 1999) - and of many scholarly articles and reviews.


'This promises to be an impressive and valuable series.'
– Stewart J. Brown, FRSE, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Edinburgh

'A series such as this is hugely welcome. Its emphasis on the history of ideas, and on the global – not just European – experience of Christianity and its manifestations of church, will be valued by students, scholars and general readers alike. The I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church brings ecclesiastical history into a new era, for a new generation.'
– Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford

'The new I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church series has quickly established an enviable reputation for impressive scholarship.'
– Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: I.B Tauris History of the Christian Church

ISBN: 9781850438991
Publication Date: 30 Mar 2008
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156

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