The Theory and Practice of Polemical Writing: Religious Authorship, 1847–1849

  • Robin Schofield
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Abstract

The chapter discusses Sara Coleridge’s authorial development in the troubled religious climate of the late 1840s. Focusing on her critique of key Tractarian doctrines, and her discussion of how Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason supports Christian faith, the chapter examines her ongoing appropriation and development of STC’s thought in her religious writings. Schofield considers Sara Coleridge’s increasing concern with the methodology and language of religious debate. The chapter analyses how she treats the views and voices of her theological opponents: for example, in her construction of a poetic dialogue with John Keble. Finally, the chapter draws attention to Sara Coleridge’s shift in religious priorities, from Catholic and Protestant divisions, to the general foundations of religious faith.

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  • Robin Schofield
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