Introduction: The End of the Old Order

Jeremy Morris

in F. D. Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199263172
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602825 | DOI:

Series: Christian Theology in Context

Introduction: The End of the Old Order

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Describes the transformation of European society at the beginning of the nineteenth century in the wake of the French Revolution, concentrating on the collapse of ancien régimes across Europe. F.D. Maurice’s life is situated in this context. The emergence of currents of political radicalism points to the ambiguities of Maurice’s Unitarian background, and to the nature of the threat he saw confronting the Church throughout his life. His ‘conversion’ to Establishment Anglicanism is presented as a specific instance of the general problem faced by Western Christians in this period, namely, how to secure the survival of the Church’s authority, and of the social order it sought to promote, in the face of social and political challenges which exploited the Church’s failure to promote social harmony in the recent past.

Keywords: authority; establishment; French Revolution; radicalism; social order

Chapter.  8329 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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