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The English Church in the Eighteenth Century   By: (1833-1919)

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In the insightful work "The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey, readers are provided with a comprehensive analysis of the Church of England's evolution during a pivotal era in British history. Abbey's meticulous research, combined with his engaging writing style, makes this book an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the religious, social, and political dynamics of eighteenth-century England.

Abbey's primary objective is to dissect the various factors that influenced the Church of England's development during this period. He begins by exploring the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, which saw a significant realignment of power in England. Abbey expertly navigates the complex web of religious dissent, political tensions, and social changes that impacted the Church's position within society.

One of the book's strengths lies in Abbey's ability to provide readers with a nuanced understanding of the challenges faced by the Church during the eighteenth century. He delves into controversial topics, such as the Church's relationship with the state and the rise of dissenting religious movements. By doing so, Abbey underscores the Church's struggle to maintain its authority and relevance in the face of societal transformations.

Furthermore, Abbey's exploration of key religious figures and movements of the time adds depth and context to his analysis. He shines a spotlight on influential figures such as John Wesley and his Methodist movement, illustrating the impact they had on both the Church and wider society. Abbey's portrayal of these figures is well-researched and balanced, capturing their contributions while also acknowledging the complexities of their beliefs and actions.

The book's structure is well-organized, allowing readers to follow the course of events chronologically. Abbey's clear and concise writing style ensures that the subject matter remains accessible to both academic researchers and general readers. Additionally, extensive footnotes and references make it easy for readers to further explore specific aspects of the Church's history.

However, there are some minor limitations to Abbey's work. Occasionally, his focus on political and social developments can overshadow the examination of theological changes within the Church. While he addresses theological debates to a certain extent, a more in-depth exploration of this aspect would enrich the reader's understanding of the faith and religious practices of the time.

In summary, Charles J. Abbey's "The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" is a captivating and well-researched book that provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of the Church of England's journey during a transformative era. Abbey's engaging writing style and meticulous research make this work both an enriching read for scholars and a valuable resource for history enthusiasts. Although the book could benefit from a deeper exploration of theological aspects, it remains an essential reference for anyone interested in the intersection of religion, society, and politics in eighteenth-century England.

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CHARLES J. ABBEY Rector of Checkendon: Formerly Fellow of University College, Oxford


JOHN H. OVERTON Canon of Lincoln and Rector of Epworth

Revised and Abridged New Edition

Longmans, Green, and Co. London, New York, and Bombay





Although this edition has been shortened to about half the length of the original one, it is essentially the same work. The reduction has been effected, partly by the omission of some whole chapters, partly by excisions. The chapters omitted are those upon the Jacobites, the Essayists, Church Cries, and Sacred Poetry subjects which have only a more or less incidental bearing on the Church history of the period. The passages excised are, for the most part, quotations, discursive reflections, explanatory notes, occasional repetitions, and, speaking generally, whatever could be removed without injury to the general purpose of the narrative. There has been no attempt at abridgment in any other form.

The authors are indebted to their reviewers for many kind remarks and much careful criticism. They have endeavoured to correct all errors which have been thus pointed out to them.

As the nature of this work has sometimes been a little misapprehended, it should be added that its authors at no time intended it to be a regular history... Continue reading book >>

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