The Oxford Movement Background Of The Movement - Essay

Background Of The Movement

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Raymond Chapman (essay date 1970)

SOURCE: "The Background of the Movement," in Faith and Revolt: Studies in the Literary Influence of the Oxford Movement, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1970, pp. 9-29.

[In the following essay, Chapman contends that the Oxford Movement emerged in an environment of intense religious controversy between Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism in England.]

The temptation to contain human complexities in simple images is nowhere stronger than in matters of religion. The churchgoing Victorian, puritan and fundamentalist, is an image that has resisted the revaluation of nineteenth-century society more successfully than most. In...

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