By Timothy Larsen
Even though the Victorians have been awash in texts, the Bible used to be this sort of pervasive and dominant presence that they might fittingly be regarded as 'a humans of 1 book'. They habitually learn the Bible, quoted it, followed its phrasing as their very own, inspiration in its different types, and seen their very own lives and studies via a scriptural lens. This astonishingly deep, relentless, and resonant engagement with the Bible used to be real around the non secular spectrum from Catholics to Unitarians and past. The scripture-saturated tradition of nineteenth-century England is displayed by way of Timothy Larsen in a chain of energetic case experiences of consultant figures starting from the Quaker legal reformer Elizabeth Fry to the liberal Anglican pioneer of nursing Florence Nightingale to the Baptist preacher C. H. Spurgeon to the Jewish writer Grace Aguilar. Even the agnostic guy of technology T. H. Huxley and the atheist leaders Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant have been completely and profoundly preoccupied with the Bible. Serving as a travel of the variety and diversity of nineteenth-century perspectives, Larsen's research provides the detailed ideals and practices of the entire significant Victorian non secular and sceptical traditions from Anglo-Catholics to the Salvation military to Spiritualism, whereas at the same time drawing out their universal, shared tradition as a humans of 1 e-book.