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Introduction

Graham Neville

in Radical Churchman

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683794 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269779.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter concentrates on the story of a particular churchman who was deeply influenced by Ruskin. It offers a fresh slant on a process which has been described from other angles, the stirring of consciences in the fifty years from 1870 onwards which changed the face of liberalism in Britain. Edward Lee Hicks was born in 1843 in Ship Street, Oxford, and this chapter notes that his story is one of a scholar who abjured scholarship for the sake of something he saw as a more vital Christian concern, and of a churchman who believed that the institutional church was less important than the total community within which it fulfilled its ministry. The chapter further notes that Edward Hicks moved from the left wing of the Liberal Party to support Labour, and was in many ways the most radical of the bishops on the bench when he died in 1919.

Keywords: churchman; Ruskin; liberalism; Britain; Edward Lee Hicks; Christian; institutional church; Liberal Party; Labour; radical bishops

Chapter.  8729 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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