Church and Nation


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

Church and Nation

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Complements the previous chapter, turning to Maurice’s view of the State. Explores the links between Maurice’s defence of the comprehensiveness of the National Church and his understanding of the ‘spiritual’ character and constitution of the State, comparing his views to those of a number of other theoreticians on Church-State relations, including Coleridge, William Gladstone, John Keble, Thomas Arnold, and Henry Wilson. Highlighting both Maurice’s static, authoritarian conception of social order and his significant concessions to political Liberalism, it argues for a basic alignment between Maurice’s position and the emergent consensus within political Anglicanism in favour of cautious, adaptive reform in this period.

Keywords: Arnold; Coleridge; comprehensiveness; establishment; Gladstone; Liberalism; National Church; reform; social order; State

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Subjects: Christian Theology

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