Coleridge, the Bible, and Religion (Nineteenth-Century Major by Jeffrey W. Barbeau

By Jeffrey W. Barbeau

Barbeau reconstructs the method of faith that Coleridge develops in Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit (1840). Coleridge's past due process hyperlinks 4 resources of divinity the Bible, the traditions of the church, the internal paintings of the Spirit, and the encouraged preacher to Christ, the note. In millions of marginalia and personal pc entries, Coleridge demanding situations conventional perspectives of the formation and proposal of the Bible, clarifies the position of the church in biblical interpretation, and elucidates the connection among the target and subjective assets of revelation. In past due writings that improve a strong process of faith, Coleridge conveys his dedication to biblical knowledge.

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But there is a Book, of two parts,—each part consisting of several books. The first part—(I speak in the character of an uninterested critic or philologist)—contains the reliques of the literature of the Hebrew people, while the Hebrew was still the living language. The second part comprises the writings, and, with one or two inconsiderable and doubtful exceptions, all the writings of the followers of Christ within the space of ninety years from the date of the Resurrection . . I take up this work with the purpose to read it for the first time as I should read any other work,—as far at least as I can or dare.

CN IV 5334) Herder offends Coleridge not only because of his superior tone, but also because Herder fails to recognize the necessarily historical character of biblical events. The truth of Christianity emerges within the polarity of spiritual and historical. Departing from traditional phraseology, Coleridge could not have expected that his modern confession would bring immediate credibility to the Confessions. The creed did allow him, however, to assert his orthodoxy and declare his station as a trustworthy confessor.

Chapter 3 The Scriptures: The Mirror of F aith There have been moments (alas! ) when I have seemed to hear myself called to the perilous Heraldry—when the Spirit of Luther has pointed to—a Trumpet. Truth! the Truth! the whole Truth! So only can a People be made free. S. T. Coleridge (CN V 5607) In the opening decades of the nineteenth century, the Bible emerged as the most accessible book in English society. The work of Bible societies (part of a wider, burgeoning evangelistic culture) and the technological and economic advances of the publishing industry brought Bibles to nearly every parish and home in England.

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