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Author Ingram, Robert G.

Title Religion, reform and modernity in the eighteenth century : Thomas Secker and the Church of England / Robert G. Ingram
Published Woodbridge : Boydell Press, 2007


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 310 pages) : 1 portrait
Series Studies in modern British religious history ; v. 17
Studies in modern British religious history ; v. 17.
Contents PREFACE; ABBREVIATIONS; 1. 'Efforts at Amendment'; 2. Becoming an Anglican; 3. Becoming an Insider; 4. The Church and the Enlightenment; 5. The Church and the Parishioners; 6. The Church and the State; 7. The Church and America; 8. The Church and Churches Abroad; EPILOGUE; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX
Summary A new interpretation of English history and religion in the eighteenth century. The eighteenth century has long divided critical opinion. Some contend that it witnessed the birth of the modern world, while others counter that England remained an #x91;ancient regime#x92; confessional state. This book takes issue with both positions, arguing that the former overstate the newness of the age and largely misdiagnose the causes of change, while the latter rightly point to the persistence of more traditional modes of thought and behaviour, but downplay the era's fundamental uncertainty and misplace the reasons for and the timeline of its passage. The overwhelming catalyst for change is here seen to be war, rather than long-term social and economic changes. Archbishop Thomas Secker [1693-1768], the Cranmer or Laud of his age, and the hitherto neglected church reforms he spearheaded, form the particular focus of the book; this is the first full archivally-based study of a crucial but frequently ignored figure. ROBERT G. INGRAM is Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Ohio University
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Secker, Thomas, 1693-1768.
Secker, Thomas, 1693-1768
Church of England -- History -- 18th century
Church of England
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Anglican.
RELIGION -- History.
England -- Church history -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Church history
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781846155864