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Victorian Sensibility

Christianity had already been processed by the Victorian sensibility in a way which made this situation inevitable.  The growing dislocation of fact and feeling in Victorian society meant a division between religion and theology; the former was fostered as a body of humane and safely generalised feeling, the latter suspected as rigid dogma.  46 more words

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Christian Socialism, paradoxes and contradictions

The basic contradiction in Christian socialism was that it attempted a radical critique of contemporary society in the context of an ultimate disbelief in social reality as an object worthy of absolute attention.  296 more words

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Ambivalence about the Poor

Another, vital, contradiction can be found in a basic attitude to the working classes among middle-class Christians.  The working class could be seen both as dirty, debauched criminals, and as immortal souls needing salvation; each attitude existed in terms of the other, since the working class were debauched because they were not saved, and proclaimed their need of salvation by being in this depraved condition.  206 more words

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Liberal Church

This kind of fundamentally impotent liberalism has become a dominant mode of thinking in the renewal which is now going on in the Catholic Church, and an awareness of its limitations is therefore all the more urgent for catholics.  326 more words

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Fog of Hesitation

Liberal values operate in an area of freedom and leisure, behind the nasty reality of capitalism, and the indirectness of the link — private incomes, investments, privileged education, the old-boy network, university posts — conceals the fact that the liberal, leisured class is dependent on the exclusion from these things of the vast majority of people.  187 more words

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conversations with my father, pt. II

I avoid visiting my parents as much as possible these days. It’s not that we don’t get on, it’s just that they’ve moved out to a little town where I know nobody. 1,113 more words

Summary/Notes - Terry Eagleton's The Ideology of the Aesthetic; Introduction and Chapter 1

The following write-up is a ‘bad’ summary of the Introduction and Chapter 1 of Terry Eagleton’s The Ideology of the Aesthetic (Oxford: Blackwell, 1990), which runs the risk of containing my own interruptive thoughts, as well as (perhaps necessary) reductionisms. 1,092 more words