This is an exposition of the theological views of Frederick Deison Maurice, a controversial figure in the religious life of...

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This is an exposition of the theological views of Frederick Deison Maurice, a controversial figure in the religious life of England in mid-nineteenth century. While Maurice is remembered chiefly for his espousal of social causes, and for his leadership among the Christian socialists, the author contends that his contribution to theology was equally significant. Nor does the author weigh unduly Maurice's denial of eternal punishment for which heterodoxy he was so bitterly criticized. Rather does he emphasize his rejection of total depravity as the starting point of theology, his churchmanship and rejection of sectarianism (this despite his reputation as a ""bread churchman"") his views on baptism and the Lord's Supper. Maurice has more relevance for present-day religious thinking than one might at first suppose. Those interested in the conflict between ""liberalism"" and ""neo-orthodoxy"" and between ""High Church"" and ""Low Church"" parties will find light upon the problem in this book. Of special interest to Episcopalians, it will also be welcomed by all students of Christian thought and of Christian biography, for while many disagreed violently with much of Maurice's teaching, all thought of him as one of the most lovable Christians they had ever known.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1948