The Crisis of Belief


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

The Crisis of Belief

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The perspective broadens out again to place Maurice’s theological development in the context of leading currents of early and mid-nineteenth century criticism, including Biblical criticism, Trinitarian, and Christological controversies (especially over incarnation), and the challenge to traditional understandings of atonement, eschatology, and revelation. Attention is paid particularly to works of Maurice’s middle and later period. The link with Maurice’s ecclesiology is maintained through an account of his views on the doctrinal authority of the Christian Church, but the detailed outworking of Maurice’s ‘Coleridgean’ perspective on Scripture and Divine Revelation is also emphasized. Without constituting a comprehensive account of Maurice’s general theological position, the chapter will argue for the basic coherence of the position adopted by Maurice once more as an aspect of his defence of Christian orthodoxy.

Keywords: authority; Biblical criticism; crisis; eschatology; incarnation; revelation; Trinity

Chapter.  14770 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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