Faith and the Crisis of a Nation: Wales 1890-1914

Faith and the Crisis of a Nation: Wales 1890-1914

Faith and the Crisis of a Nation: Wales 1890-1914

Faith and the Crisis of a Nation: Wales 1890-1914

Synopsis

An English translation of a detailed analysis of the state of religion in Wales, 1890-1914, written by the most prominent historian scholar in the field, presenting piercing comments on how early 20th century events shaped religious decline in Wales later in the century. First published in Welsh in 1981-2.

Excerpt

During the twentieth century, considerable research was undertaken into Wales’s social and religious history and was published in the Welsh language. The result has been that Wales and the subtle nuances of its history have remained something of a mystery to those unable to read the ancient language. R. Tudur Jones contributed much to this historiography and, in order to make his conclusions more widely available, a project was launched in 2000 by the Centre for the Advanced Study of Religion in Wales, University of Wales, Bangor, to translate some of his work into English. This volume is the fruit of that project.

R. Tudur Jones (1921–98) was the most prolific and most important of all the church historians produced in Wales during the twentieth century. Though ordained an Independent (Congregational) minister, he spent most of his life as professor of church history and then principal of the Bala–Bangor Theological College in Bangor. He wrote numerous books and articles, all of which were both scholarly and erudite, matching a skill for conveying complex detail with a homely and readable style which proved to be accessible to professional and popular audiences alike. It is widely considered that his two-volume work Ffydd ac Argyfwng Cenedl, originally published in 1981 and 1982, was his magnum opus. Based on thirty years and more of teaching, research and publication, Ffydd ac Argyfwng Cenedl considers in detail Wales during the period 1890 to 1914 and treats the interaction of religion, language, culture and national identity in what he believed was a fateful period in the nation’s history. It combines an interest in the history of institutions and characters with Tudur Jones’s specialism in the history of Christian thought, the subject which he taught in the University of Wales, Bangor, from 1966 to 1997.

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