Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

The Oxford Movement: A Thematic History of the Tractarians and Their Times

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

The Oxford Movement: A Thematic History of the Tractarians and Their Times

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The Oxford Movement: A Thematic History of the Tractarians and Their Times. By C. Brad Faught. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003. xi + 1.84 pp. $29.95 (cloth); $22.50 (paper).

One of my students said to me that the world didn't need another book on the Oxford Movement. In the early pages of this book, I found myself agreeing with him. There was a glaring editorial error-Paul did not live in the desert eating locusts and honey. That was John the Baptist. This, however, is the only low point in this book.

Faught has produced a book on the Oxford Movement that looks at specific issues that others have avoided. he looks at the camaraderie of Newman, Keble, and Froude as one of the sources of the movement and suggests that without the influence of the Oriel Common Room we might not have had such a movement to study. Faught addresses the issue of the friendship between Froude and Newman within the context of the movement. As well, Faught looks at the paternal influence of Keble that marked the early years of the movement.

There are two chapters which present material that does not generally appear in introductions to the Oxford Movement. In the chapter "Society," Faught discusses the role of Christina Rossetti and Charlotte Yonge. What he suggests here is interesting and illuminating on the tension that surrounded the founding of the women's communities. Faught writes: "Together . . . [these two women] form a tandem which did much then-and does much now-to illuminate the Oxford Movement's impact on Victorian (female) society and its proper apprehension by laypeople" (p. …

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