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Title: Evangelicalism, abolitionism, and Parnellism : the public career of the Revd Isaac Nelson
Author: Ritchie, D.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5915 8988
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis is a religious and intellectual history of the public career of the Revd Isaac Nelson, perhaps the most controversial figure in nineteenth-century Irish Presbyterianism. The thesis employs Nelson's public career as a means of furtheriilg our understanding .of several major thematic issues. These primarily include evangelicalism, abolitionism, anti-revivalism, land reform, and Irish horne rule. Nelson was probably the most zealous abolitionist among the Ulster Presbyterians, and worked through the Belfast Anti-Slavery Society and alongside leading American abolitionists to oppose proslavery religion and politics. Owing to his involvement with antislavery, Nelson should not be viewed as a parochial figure but as one whose career needs to be understood in its transatlantic context. While the vast majority of evangelical Presbyterians supported the 1859 religious revival in Ulster, Nelson opposed the movement in the name of defending confessional Reformed orthodoxy. His opposition to 1859 has caused considerable misunderstanding, and so one of the major objectives of this thesis is to correct the supposition that he condemned the awakening from a standpoint hostile to evangelical religion. Nelson's support for the Land League and the Irish Home Rule movement could simply be seen as evidence of his eccentricity. This thesis, however, contends that Nelson's support for horne rule was intellectually sophisticated and that his arguments deserve to be taken seriously.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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