Readership: Students and scholars of Victorian Studies; of Biblical Reception; of the History of Religion.
Timothy Larsen, Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
Timothy Larsen is McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has been a Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books including <i>Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England</i> (Oxford University Press), which was named Book of the Year by Books & Culture.
"This is a rich and thoroughly enjoyable book" - English Historical Review
"Another significant contribution to this field, Timothy Larsens learned A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians successfully demonstrates the diversity of the ways that Victorians thought about and interpreted the Scriptures." - The Years Work in Englishs Studies
"For demonstrating the surprising longevity and breadth of the Bibles cultural and linguistic influence, for its imaginative mapping of everyday Bible reading, and for introducing readers to a treasure trove of little-known primary sources, A People of One Book makes a significant contribution to the field." - Nineteenth-Century
"This is a painstakingly, formidably researched study: archives and collections of the papers and letters of several of the figures discussed have been minutely examined, as have countless newspapers and journals, magazines and tracts. Professor Larsen must have immersed himself in hundreds of sermons, biblical commentaries, essays, reviews and biographies to put together the successive case histories. And he has listened, attentively, to these different voices. The result is a recuperative work of patient synthesis, and I cannot imagine the scholar of nineteenth-century religion or literature who would not learn something new from nearly every page." - Chris Walsh, Religion and Literature
"In his erudite treatment of these dozen
representative figures, Larsen, the McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, offers a virtual survey of the Victorian religious landscape." - Journal of Religion
1: Anglo-Catholics: E. B. Pusey and Holy Scripture
2: Roman Catholics: Nicholas Wiseman and Sacred Scripture
3: Atheists: Charles Bradlaugh, Annie Besant, and 'this indictable book'
4: Methodist and Holiness: Catherine Booth, William Cooke, and the Scriptures
5: Liberal Anglicans: Florence Nightingale and the Bible
6: Unitarians: Mary Carpenter and the Sacred Writings
7: Quakers: Elizabeth Fry and 'Reading'
8: Agnostics: T. H.Huxley and Bibliolatry
9: Evangelical Anglicans: Josephine Butler and the Word of God
10: Orthodox Old Dissent: C. H. Spurgeon and 'the Book'
Conclusion: Spiritualism, Judaism, and the Brethren - A People of One Book