The twentieth-century: secularisation and revival



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AKC 9 General – Spring Term 2008 – Power & Protest 17/03/08

AKC 9 – 17 MARCH 2008
THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY: SECULARISATION AND REVIVAL

DR DOMINIC ERDOZAIN, KING’S COLLEGE LONDON

Introduction: the reality of secularisation:


‘The most important thing to remember about religion in Victorian England is that there was an awful lot of it. The nineteenth century was marked by a revival of religious activity unmatched since the days of the Puritans. This religious revival shaped that code of moral behaviour, or rather that infusion of all behaviour with moralism, which we still call, rightly or wrongly, "Victorianism." Above all, religion occupied a place in the public consciousness, a centrality in the intellectual life of the age, which it had not had a century before and did not retain in the twentieth century. That is the second important thing to remember about the Victorian religious revival: that it did not last.’

Josef Altholz, ‘The Warfare of Conscience with Theology’ pp. 58-9


Yet: breakdown of Victorian inheritance also creates

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