Peter Hinchliff

in Benjamin Jowett and the Christian Religion

Published in print November 1987 | ISBN: 9780198266884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683091 | DOI:

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Jowett's relationship with W. H. Fremantle reveals something about the master's personality. Fremantle was by no means the conventional clergyman of his generation. In spite of the fact that he could never quite satisfy Jowett, he was something of a radical. As chaplain of Balliol, Fremantle was best known in wider Church circles for his championing of the view that there could be no genuinely Christian distinction between the sacred and the secular: all existence was the sphere of the divine operation. Like Fremantle, R. L. Nettleship was generally regarded as one of Jowett's men. He was a layman and a tutor. He was undogmatic and something of a free-thinker in religion, while exercising a strongly pastoral role among undergraduates. Nettleship was to be the memoirist and literary executor of T. H. Green, perhaps the most important of Jowett's disciples. Green's importance is that he became the acknowledged leader of the Idealist school, which dominated British philosophy in the last quarter of the 19th and until well into the present century.

Keywords: Benjamin Jowett; W. H. Fremantle; R. L. Nettleship; T. H. Green; Idealist school

Chapter.  12112 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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