The Kingdom of Christ: Volume I

By Frederick Denison Maurice

The influential magnum opus of the 19th century social reformer and cleric, detailing his intellectual quest for a firm foundation for faith.

ISBN: 9780718891114


Maurice was a fearless thinker, educationalist and social reformer, who made a profound impression upon his contemporaries, but it is mainly as a man of religion that he is remembered. Maurice came to his theological beliefs only after painful inward struggle. He was more than a man of brilliant intellect – he was utterly dedicated – and his religious beliefs were ground out in the mill of his own experience. He was never afraid to look unpleasant facts in the face, and his intellectual honesty challenges modern man as much as it did his own generation.

Maurice’s magnum opus was The Kingdom of Christ, published in 1838, and its relevance is clear at a time when the relationship between Church and State is being discussed. One can find in these pages Maurice’s eager quest for a firm foundation for his own faith, and its expression in the Anglican church. Yet his ideas transcend his churchmanship, and he is regarded as the most significant influence in the religious life and thought of England during the nineteenth century, combining prophetic witness, systematic thought, and creative endeavour, unified and inspired by the ceaseless aspiration of a life consecrated to sanctity. Not for nothing did Gladstone describe him as ‘a spiritual splendour’.

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Dimensions203 × 127 mm


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About the Author

Frederick Denison Maurice studied at Trinity College (Cambridge) and at Exeter College (Oxford). He was appointed Professor of English Literature and History and later became Professor of Theology at King’s College (London). He founded Queen’s College for Women.


Introductory Dialogue

Part I: On the Principles of the Quakers, and of the Different Religious Bodies Which Have Arisen Since the Reformation, and of the Systems to Which They Have Given Birth
I. Quakerism
     Section I. – On the Positive Doctrines of the Quakers
     Section II. – Ordinary Objections to These Doctrines
     Section III. – The Quaker System
     Section IV. – The Practical Working of the Quaker System
II. Pure Protestantism
     Section I. – The Leading Principles of the Reformation
     Section II. – Objections to the Principles of the Reformation Considered
     Section III. – Protestant Systems
     Section IV. – The Practical Workings of the Protestant Systems
III. Unitarianism
IV. On the Tendency of the Religious, Philosophical and Political Movements Which Have Taken Place in Protestant Bodies Since the Middle of the Last Century
     Section I. – The Religious Movements
     Section II. – Philosophical Movements
     Section III. – Political Movements

Part II: Of the Catholic Church and the Romish System
I. Recapitulation
II. Indications of a Spiritual Constitution
III. The Scriptural View of This Constitution
IV. Signs of a Spiritual Society
     Section I. – Baptism