Geoffrey Cantor

in Religion and the Great Exhibition of 1851

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596676
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725685 | DOI:

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Two issues are addressed in this chapter. First, the standard secular interpretation is shown to be an inadequate account of contemporary reactions to the Exhibition because it ignores the extensive range of primary source material of a religious nature, especially sermons and the contemporary periodical press that commented on the Exhibition from many different denominational perspectives. Such sources provide the basis for reinterpreting the Exhibition within a religious framework. In order to undertake this, the second section of this chapter offers a brief overview of the main divisions within Anglicanism and between the Established Church and Dissent. Particular attention is paid to two themes that recur in later chapters, evangelicalism and the heightened anti‐Catholicism following the recent ‘paper aggression’.

Keywords: Anglican Church; anti‐Catholicism; evangelicalism; Great Exhibition; periodical press; religious dissent; secular interpretation; sermons

Chapter.  8092 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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