Religion and Racial Progress in Twentieth-Century Britain

Bishop Barnes of Birmingham

  • Patrick T. Merricks

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 233-250

About this book


This book is the first in-depth analysis of Ernest William Barnes’ Christian-eugenic philosophy: ‘bio-spiritual determinism’. As a testament to the popularity of the movement, mid-twentieth century British eugenics is contextualized within a remarkably diverse selection of discourses including secular and Anglican interpretations of modernism, poverty, population, gender equality, pacifism and racism. This begins to address the scholastic gap on Christian eugenics while highlighting the perseverance of eugenic racism after World War Two.


Eugenics Anglican Church Postwar Politics Population control Race Pacfism Gender Christianity

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick T. Merricks
    • 1
  1. 1.School of History, Philosophy and CultureOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-53987-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-53988-1
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