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Oxford's Protestant Spy: The Controversial Career of Charles Golightly

Oxford's Protestant Spy: The Controversial Career of Charles Golightly

by Andrew Atherstone


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ISBN-13: 9781842273647
Publisher: Authentic Media
Publication date: 01/01/2007
Series: Studies in Evangelical History and Thought Series
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Andrew Atherstone is Research Fellow of the Latimer Trust, with a particular interest in Anglican Evangelical history and identity. He is also an Anglican minister and has worked for churches in Islington, Reading, and Oxfordshire.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     xiii
Abbreviations     xv
Prologue: Oxford's Spy     1
A Tractarian Disciple?     7
Huguenot Heritage     7
Eton and Oxford     9
The Unsettled Curate     16
Church in Danger     23
Littlemore     28
The Widening Breach     31
The Hampden Controversy     36
The Final Split     45
Novel and Confused Doctrines     51
Few Can Be Spared     53
Remembering the Martyrs     57
An Anti-Catholic Scheme?     59
The Inscription     65
Church or Monument?     70
Conclusion     80
Keeping Oxford Protestant     85
Tract 90     86
A Party Man?     96
The Poetry Professorship     102
Under False Colours     107
The Hampden Affair Revived     118
Pious Frauds     122
The Vice-Chancellorship     132
Degradation and Censure     137
The 'New Test'     141
Requisition Against Tract 90     144
A Jesuitical Journal     147
Agag to theRescue     157
The Problem of Professor Jowett     163
Bishop Wilberforce and the Spread of Ritualism     179
Cuddesdon College     180
The Public Outcry     185
The Archdeacons' Inquiry     189
College Concessions     194
Student Idiosyncrasies and Secessions     195
A Change of Staff     200
The Lavington Case     206
Prosecution     212
Facts and Documents     218
Petitions and Protests     224
A Ritualist Bishop?     230
The Woodard Schools     234
The Oxford Meeting     241
Cold Feet and a Bishop's Inquiry     247
A Predilection for Rome     254
Protecting the University Pulpit     263
Triumph or Defeat?     272
The Final Campaign     279
The Oxford Diocesan Conference     284
Cuddesdon Teaching and Secessions     289
Address from the Laity     293
The English Church Union and the Church Association     295
Re-writing History     299
Epilogue: Partisan or Protestant?     309
Sources     321
Index of Names      327

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"In this clearly written and impressively documented account Dr. Atherstone shows how Golightly, one of the most enigmatic figures in nineteenth-century Anglican history, became embroiled in one controversy after another as he tried to defend the Protestant heritage of the Church of England against the twin threats of liberalism and ritualism."

— Mark D. Chapman, Ripon College

"C. P. Golightly was one of the most controversial figures in nineteenth-century church history but hitherto has appeared mainly as an extra in other people's stories. In this book Andrew Atherstone has produced the first serious study of Golightly as a character in his own right. Moreover, in a work that combines careful scholarship with an accessible style, Atherstone shows how the biography of one individual can be used to illuminate key themes in the history of the Church of England, especially the nature of party divisions in the church and the roots of religious controversy."

— Mark Smith, University of Oxford

"In this thoroughly researched and compelling study, Andrew Atherstone's achievement is to shed welcome light on the shadowy figure of C. P. Golightly, the bête noir of the Tractarians. While Golightly's reputation as a 'clerical gadfly' and 'witch hunter' may not be entirely dispelled, Atherstone's balanced study gives much needed serious consideration to Golightly's wider career as a Protestant churchman. In particular, he gives a subtle and nuanced reading of Golightly's apparent partisanship, concluding that for all his anti-Tractarian polemic and scare-mongering he had no intention of being identified with any species of 'low churchmanship.'"

— Peter Nockles, University of Manchester

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