Magazine article The Spectator

Sins of Omission

Magazine article The Spectator

Sins of Omission

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Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain at the British Library (until 11 March) would have you believe that the religious life was not a feature of Georgian Britain. God is an invisible force in this exhibition and the viewer has to know a fair amount about the period's history to see Him at work among the exhibits.

Josiah Wedgwood's famous antislavery medallion is shown; but there is nothing about the nonconformist religious tradition that inspired him and other abolitionists.

The decision to ignore that religious past means that the viewer cannot learn about the century-long tension between the established Church of England and the other protestant churches; the resolution of which helped to form the basis of our tolerant, liberal society.

All exhibitions commit sins of omission; but the omissions here are unforgivable. …

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