Acknowledgements Introduction Reaction to Reform: The Legacy of Newman and Arnold The Formation of 'Parties' Essays and Reviews The Rise of British Idealism Idealism Embraced: Thomas Hill Green Idealism Popularised: Mrs. Humphry Ward Idealism Assimilated: Frederick Temple Idealism Transcended: Aubrey Moore Idealism Marginalised: Charles D'Arcy Idealism Assaulted - Realism and Aestheticism Gathering up the Fragments Epilogue Bibliography Index
Scientific and historical studies in the Nineteenth-century challenged Christian believers to restate their faith in ways which took account of new knowledge. An example of this is the influence of philosophical idealism on a generation of writers and theologians, principally centred around the University of Oxford. However, these optimistic and socially-privileged men and women failed to come to terms with the mass movements and rapid changes in fin-de-siècle England. The Church moved out of touch with national life and is reaping the consequences today.