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A Liberal Gospel

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/9780198266884.003.0006
A Liberal Gospel

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One of the effects of Jowett's decision to give up writing theology and take to preaching instead was that it moved him, as it were, out of the mainstream of theological debate. He was convinced that a quiet and subtle influence behind the scenes was always the way to shape opinion and to get things done. Using Balliol as the vehicle for his theology, he was able to put his views across to clever young men who would be influential later. But it also had the effect of further isolating him from the general theological debate. By the 1870s, with fellowships open to competition, the improvement of college teaching, the abolition of religious tests and most other restrictions, and with greater opportunities for poorer students to come to Oxford, Jowett had got everything he had wanted. Thereafter he became far more conservative about the university.

Keywords: Benjamin Jowett; preaching; sermons; theology; university

Chapter.  12676 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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