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Dickens, Christianity and 'The Life of Our Lord': Humble Veneration, Profound Conviction

Dickens, Christianity and 'The Life of Our Lord': Humble Veneration, Profound Conviction

by Gary Colledge


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While Dickens's religion and religious thought is recognized as a significant component of his work, no study of Dickens's religion has carefully considered his often ignored, yet crucially relevant, The Life of Our Lord. Written by a biblical studies scholar, this study brings the insights of a theological approach to bear on The Life of Our Lord and on Dickens's other writing. Colledge argues that Dickens intended The Life Of Our Lord as a serious and deliberate expression of his religious thought and his understanding of Christianity based on evidences for his reasons for writing, what he reveals, and the unique genre in which he writes. Using The Life of Our Lord as a definitive source for our understanding of Dickens's Christian worldview, the book explores Dickens's Christian voice in his fiction, journalism, and letters. As it seeks to situate him in the context of nineteenth-century popular religionGÇöincluding his interest in UnitarianismGÇöthis study presents fresh insight into his churchmanship and reminds us, as Orwell observed, that Dickens "was always preaching a sermon".

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ISBN-13: 9781441130495
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Series: Continuum Literary Studies , #189
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gary Colledge has spent over twenty years as a pastor and teacher. He recently completed his PhD at the University of St. Andrews, UK.

Table of Contents

Preface A Note on References and AbbreviationsChapter the First: An Easy Version of the New Testament Chapter the Second: Telling the Gracious and Compassionate HistoryChapter the Third: The Eternal Majesty of Heaven Chapter the Fourth: Where the Two Ends of Life Meet Chapter the Fifth: "It is True! He is the Son of God!"Chapter the Sixth: Our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ Chapter the Seventh: Seeking for No Other Footsteps Selected BibliographyIndex

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