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The Christian MonitorsThe Church of England and the Age of Benevolence, 1680-1730$
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Brent S. Sirota

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300167108

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300167108.001.0001

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The Christian Monitors

Brent S. Sirota

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the effect of postrevolutionary Anglican benevolence on the structure and character of British national life in the mid-eighteenth century. It argues that although reactionary forces pressed for a reclamation and reconstruction of sacerdotal authority, a burgeoning Anglican voluntary sector moved toward continuing social engagement and institutional innovation. In so doing, it fashioned works of Anglican confessionalization into monuments of national benevolence. The result was the making of modern civil society in Britain, a spilt religion: moral rather than confessional, associational rather than parochial, benevolent rather than sacramental — a space perhaps where individuals may be improved, but not saved.

Keywords:   Anglican benevolence, civic life, Anglican confessionalization, national benevolence

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