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The Early Jowett

Peter Hinchliff

in Benjamin Jowett and the Christian Religion

Published in print November 1987 | ISBN: 9780198266884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266884.003.0001
The Early Jowett

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Benjamin Jowett was born in Camberwell on 15 April 1817. He was the son of a small businessman and was educated at St Paul's School. He entered Balliol as a scholar in October 1836, and spent virtually the whole of the rest of his life in the college, of which he became master in 1870. One of the recurring themes of Jowett's life was his belief that the reform of the university was a religious or theological necessity as well as a practical one. He is chiefly remembered as an academic who was anxious to raise intellectual standards. But that was only one aspect of his concern for reform: the religious aspect was just as important to him. For him and his opponents, indeed, the two were inextricably linked.

Keywords: Benjamin Jowett; Balliol College; theology; university reform

Chapter.  9633 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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