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Religious Organizations

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596676.003.0004
Religious Organizations

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This chapter charts the immense efforts made by several religious organizations, including missionary societies, to engage with the large numbers of visitors expected in London, Their activities included additional services and lectures, the opening of book depositories close to Hyde Park, the preparation of tracts, some of which were published in several languages, and the hiring of extra missionaries and colporteurs to distribute tracts. Special evangelical services were held at Exeter Hall attracting audiences of 3‐4000. While the Bishop of London laid plans to welcome visiting Anglicans to the metropolis, the main evangelical organizations went into top gear with the intention of saving souls. This chapter also examines how the British and Foreign Bible Society and the Religious Tract Society managed to obtain space inside the Crystal Palace, but only after much controversy.

Keywords: Bishop of London; British and Foreign Bible Society; Exeter Hall; Great Exhibition; missionary societies; organizations; Religious Tract Society; tracts

Chapter.  12850 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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