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date: 22 January 2019

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For perhaps a decade between 1816 and 1826, Newman counted himself an Evangelical. Precisely what that meant has been obscured by his own later reflections, and by biographers interested more in his spiritual destination than his starting point. This chapter situates Newman within the Anglican Evangelical movement of the 1810s and 20s, a milieu more diverse and integrated into the Church of England than many accounts imply. The first section considers his youthful reading: Thomas Scott, Joseph Milner, and others. The second considers his opinions in the 1820s, arguing that his move away from Evangelicalism was less a reaction against ‘vital religion’ than an intensification of its moralistic, biblicist, and even apocalyptic strands. The third examines the 1830s, arguing that Newman’s assault on ‘the religion of the day’ should not be allowed to obscure his appreciation of holiness wherever it was to be found, or his efforts to harness Evangelical zeal in the Tractarian project.

Keywords: Anglican, Evangelical, Joseph Milner, Thomas Scott, apocalyptic, conversion narrative, Tractarian, vital religion

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