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According to W. W. Robson, the Thirties were preoccupied with ideologies: ‘Where the twenties had been indifferent to political or religious commitments, the thirties were obsessed with them’ (Modern English Literature (1970), p.125). Such generalisations, lumping together all social groups and age groups, obviously admit of numerous exceptions, but there is plenty of evidence that the quest on the part of thinking people for a faith adequate to the age in which they lived took on a new urgency at that time. Such a quest, which had been a feature of intellectual and spiritual life since the Victorian period, became more imperious in response to the problems and menaces of these years. In this chapter we shall consider some of the evidence that suggests a variety of responses to this felt need.
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