Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Life and Work of Henry Parry Liddon (1829-1890)

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Life and Work of Henry Parry Liddon (1829-1890)

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MICHAEL CHANDLER. The Life and Work of Henry Parry Liddon (1829-1890). Leominster, England: Gracewing, 2000. Pp. 250. £12.99.

Biographer of Dr. Pusey, doughty defender of the Catholic faith, and a passionate doctrinal preacher adapting the oratorical techniques of Bossuet, Massillon and Lacoraire to an English context, Henry Parry Liddon can lay claim to a significant place in the history of the Catholic movement in the Church of England. In this new study, Michael Chandler analyses Liddon's contribution, investigating his stance in the ritualist controversies and his strong opposition to the Erastianism of so much of the legal structure of the Victorian Church of England, exacerbated for high churchmen by the passing of the 1874 Public Worship Regulation Act.

With a strongly conservative cast of mind, Liddon was not an original thinker, although his 1866 Bampton Lectures on the Divinity of Christ remain a powerful defense of Chalcedonian orthodoxy-aul Deus aut homo non bonus. His sermons as a canon of St. Paul's Cathedral drew immense crowds, despite the length of his preaching (often over an hour) and the fact that the intensity of his preaching and the problems of voice projection in the cavernous space of St. Paul's often left him exhausted and bathed in perspiration. Whilst it remains difficult to capture, as his contemporaries did, the full power of this preaching, some of the most interesting material in Chandler's study relates to his exposition of Liddon as a preacher. …

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