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Title: Faith and good works : Congregationalism in Edwardian Hampshire 1901-1914
Author: Ottewill, Roger Martin
ISNI:       0000 0004 5363 0903
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2015
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Congregationalists were a major presence in the ecclesiastical landscape of Edwardian Hampshire. With a number of churches in the major urban centres of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, and places of worship in most market towns and many villages they were much in evidence and their activities received extensive coverage in the local press. Their leaders, both clerical and lay, were often prominent figures in the local community as they sought to give expression to their Evangelical convictions tempered with a strong social conscience. From what they had to say about Congregational leadership, identity, doctrine and relations with the wider world and indeed their relative silence on the issue of gender relations, something of the essence of Edwardian Congregationalism emerges. In their discourses various tensions were to the fore, including those between faith and good works; the spiritual and secular impulses at the heart of the institutional principle; and the conflicting priorities of churches and society at large. These reflect the restlessness of the period and point to a possible 'turning of the tide'. They also call into question the suitability of constructs such as 'faith in crisis' or 'faith society' to characterise the church history of the Edwardian era.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BT Doctrinal Theology ; DA Great Britain