Contested Christianity: The Political and Social Contexts of by Timothy Larsen

By Timothy Larsen

This quantity explores the cultural, political, and highbrow forces that contributed to shaping and outline nineteenth-century British Christianity. Larsen demanding situations a number of the general assumptions approximately Victorian period Christians of their makes an attempt to include their theological commitments. This examine brings freshness and verve to the learn of faith and the Victorians, bearing fruit in a variety of major, and sometimes counter-intuitive, findings and connections.

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The purpose of this chapter is to explore the religious reactions to the Holy Land of early members of Cook’s tours and some other travelers to the region in the 1860s and 1870s—especially the spiritually minded among them—as they straddled transitions such as those from elite to mass travel, from narrow- to broad-minded views, and from pilgrims to tourists. There are two relevant precursors. Firstly, a party of six Dissenters led by the Congregational divine, John Stoughton, organized their own Palestinian tour in 1865.

These provisions, together with improved methods of transportation and the more reasonable prices that economies of scale could deliver, opened the door to the Holy Land for a much broader spectrum of British society. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the religious reactions to the Holy Land of early members of Cook’s tours and some other travelers to the region in the 1860s and 1870s—especially the spiritually minded among them—as they straddled transitions such as those from elite to mass travel, from narrow- to broad-minded views, and from pilgrims to tourists.

Hall wrote: I cared little for the numerous relics, which are so highly prized and for most of the “Holy Places,” so called. [. ] The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has little interest for me. ”23 Nevertheless, the Holy Land could still inspire strong feelings of devotion in the hearts of these tourists. The prompt for such emotions, however, was transferred from sites to scenery. The River Jordan, the Dead Sea, fields near Bethlehem where shepherds watched their flocks—these were the kind of places that roused their hearts to reverent awe, delight, and worship.

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