By Gillis J. Harp
The Reverend Phillips Brooks, writer of the liked Christmas Carol, O Little city of Bethlehem, used to be undeniably probably the most renowned preachers of Gilded Age the USA. although, only a few serious reviews of his existence and paintings exist. during this insightful e-book, Gillis J. Harp locations Brooks's spiritual inspiration in its right old, cultural, and ecclesiastical contexts whereas clarifying the resources of Brooks's concept. the result's a fuller, richer portrait of this luminous determine and of this transitional period in American protestantism.
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Allen and others seem to have based their interpretation upon several doctrinal essays written by Brooks for Dr. Sparrow at VTS. 149Yet given the fact that these were formal essays submitted for credit, it seems prudent to place more weight on Brooks’s private notebooks and personal correspondence during these years. 150 The young Brooks’s encounter, then, with Virginia Seminary confirms that there was no easy elision from Evangelicalism to the Broad Church. A variety of elements, both cultural and more narrowly intellectual or theological, combined to make a traditional Evangelicalism problematic for Brooks.
He was struck by many passages treating truth, beauty, and moral duty and these he earnestly copied into his notebooks. Yet what is largely missing from these pages is probably most revealing. There are very few references to the cross, to the role of faith for an individual believer, and almost no reference at all to the theme of religious conversion. Only two pages are set aside for scripture verses in one particular notebook (dated 1858) and the other extant journals are similar in the space they devote to biblical references.
In the wake of the financial panic of 1857, Appleton wrote: “attended St. ”43In his seventies, he confided to his diary: “I must be busy. I don’t know when to stop. . I can’t help seeing openings for Christian Nurture 19 profit, neither can I help availing of them. ”45Peter Chardon Brooks (William Brooks’s wealthy uncle) also kept a private journal and it is even more worldly in tone. & Perhaps William Brooks grappled with the same tensions and his emotional disengagement from things religious must have had some impact on his four sons.