The Late Victorian Controversy about Hell, Judgment, and an Intermediate State

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Dr. Turner discusses attitudes toward judgment and the afterlife in late Victorian Britain, and relates them to their wider cultural and political framework.


"This book focuses on the under-studied essays about "Eternal Hope" and "Future Punishment" published in the Contemporary Review in 1878. The writers were drawn from a variety of theological backgrounds and denominational affiliations and therefore offer useful insight into the full range of opinion at that time.

This book is about the most significant stage in the quarrel-that of the late 1870s and early 1880s, inaugurated by the publication in 1878 of a series of sermons by Frederic William Farrar (1831-1903), canon of Westminster, rector of St. Margaret's Westminster, chaplain in ordinary to Queen Victoria and former fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Of the many replies to Farrar, one that gained special attention was by the venerable Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-82), a seasoned controversalist who for decades had been a notably conservative force in the Church of England."
From the Introduction

Table of Contents


Chapter One: "Eternal Hope" and its contexts

Chapter Two: "Future Punishment" I

Chapter Three "Future Punishment" II

Chapter Four: "Future Punishment" III

Chapter Five: No Dogma, no Faith? Further Reflections

Chapter Six: Subsequent Opinion




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