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By Timothy Larsen

Even supposing the Victorians have been awash in texts, the Bible was once one of these pervasive and dominant presence that they could fittingly be regarded as 'a humans of 1 book'. They habitually learn the Bible, quoted it, followed its phrasing as their very own, proposal in its different types, and considered their very own lives and stories via a scriptural lens. This astonishingly deep, relentless, and resonant engagement with the Bible used to be real around the non secular spectrum from Catholics to Unitarians and past. The scripture-saturated tradition of nineteenth-century England is displayed through Timothy Larsen in a chain of energetic case reports of consultant figures starting from the Quaker criminal reformer Elizabeth Fry to the liberal Anglican pioneer of nursing Florence Nightingale to the Baptist preacher C. H. Spurgeon to the Jewish writer Grace Aguilar. Even the agnostic guy of technological know-how T. H. Huxley and the atheist leaders Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant have been completely and profoundly preoccupied with the Bible. Serving as a travel of the variety and diversity of nineteenth-century perspectives, Larsen's learn provides the designated ideals and practices of the entire significant Victorian non secular and sceptical traditions from Anglo-Catholics to the Salvation military to Spiritualism, whereas concurrently drawing out their universal, shared tradition as a humans of 1 publication.

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94 Therefore, the reviewer claimed not to assent to some of Pusey’s arguments in this volume. Nevertheless, the reviewer warned against underestimating the Regius professor: He has ranged over an immense field of ancient and of modern literature so successfully, that there seem to be very few matters of importance which he has overlooked. No candid critic can sneer down a work of this sort; if it is to 90 91 Martineau, ‘Daniel’, 192. Martineau, ‘Daniel’, 499. Martineau, ‘Daniel’, 502. 93 As to now, I am referring to the scholarship on Pusey.

83 Pusey, Daniel, 417. an g lo - cat h o l i c s 31 of argument. On the former charge, some of his best points are scored when he avers that radical critics had violated linguistic common sense in order to read certain doctrines out of older texts in other parts of the canon. As to comparative religion, his linguistic evidence was bolstered by personal information provided by Professor Max Mu¨ller. As Max Mu¨ller was a German-born and educated Oxford philologist widely respected by theological liberals, this was a clever tactic.

122 Pusey, Minor Prophets, II, 44. Pusey, Minor Prophets, I, 414; II, 385. Pusey, Minor Prophets, I, 121. 124 The staying of judgment in response to repentance revealed in Jonah, however, offers hope. ’125 According to this AngloCatholic divine, the Bible speaks today. And so our task is at an end. Edward Bouverie Pusey had a deep love for Augustine’s Confessions. He edited this text for publication and found surprisingly many opportunities to refer to it in his Minor Prophets. In his Confessions, the bishop of Hippo moves from autobiographical reflections to commentary on a specific portion of Scripture.

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