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Gibbon, Newman, and the Religious Accuracy of the Historian

Gibbon, Newman, and the Religious Accuracy of the Historian

Chapter:
(p.70) 3 Gibbon, Newman, and the Religious Accuracy of the Historian
Source:
The Victorian Eighteenth Century
Author(s):
B. W. Young
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256228.003.0004

This chapter uses the response of a prominent Christian reader of Gibbon, John Henry Newman, to explore how 18th-century unbelief was worried over, and occasionally accommodated within the available framework of religious apologetic in 19th-century Britain. The example of the liberal Anglican historian Henry Hart Milman, Oxford's Professor of Poetry when Newman was a young fellow of Oriel, similarly demonstrates that Gibbon's contribution to ecclesiastical history was capable of being accommodated within a variety of liberal Anglican theology strongly influenced by those developments in German historical thought of which Newman remained willfully ignorant.

Keywords:   Edward Gibbon, John Henry Newman, religion, Henry Hart Milman, ecclesiastical history, Anglican theology

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