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Gibbon, Newman, and the Religious Accuracy of the Historian

B. W. Young

in The Victorian Eighteenth Century

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199256228
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191719660 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256228.003.0004
 Gibbon, Newman, and the Religious Accuracy of the Historian

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This chapter uses the response of a prominent Christian reader of Gibbon, John Henry Newman, to explore how 18th-century unbelief was worried over, and occasionally accommodated within the available framework of religious apologetic in 19th-century Britain. The example of the liberal Anglican historian Henry Hart Milman, Oxford's Professor of Poetry when Newman was a young fellow of Oriel, similarly demonstrates that Gibbon's contribution to ecclesiastical history was capable of being accommodated within a variety of liberal Anglican theology strongly influenced by those developments in German historical thought of which Newman remained willfully ignorant.

Keywords: Edward Gibbon; John Henry Newman; religion; Henry Hart Milman; ecclesiastical history; Anglican theology

Chapter.  14464 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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