The Oxford Movement Political Implications - Essay

Political Implications

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Thomas Arnold (essay date 1836)

SOURCE: "The Oxford Malignants and Dr. Hampden," in The Edinburgh Review, Vol. LXIII, No. CXXVII, April, 1836, pp. 225-39.

[The father of English man of letters Matthew Arnold, Thomas Arnold was a distinguished scholar of classical literature and Christian doctrine. In the following essay, he defends the Bampton Lectures of Dr. Hampden, who criticized the perpetuation of Catholic traditions within the Anglican Church, against the accusations of "rationalism " by the proponents of the Oxford Movement. This essay, deemed excessively pro-Catholic by the critic's peers upon its publication, nearly cost Arnold his position as Master of...

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