Many books have been written about nineteenth-century Oxford theology, but what was happening in Cambridge?
This book provides the first continuous account of what might be called 'the Cambridge theological tradition', by discussing its leading figures from Richard Watson and William Paley, through Herbert Marsh and Julius Hare, to the trio of Lightfoot, Westcott and Hort.
It also includes a chapter on nonconformists such as Robertson Smith, P.T.
Forsyth and T.R. Glover. The analysis is organised around the defences that were offered for the credibility of Christianity in response to hostile and friendly critics.
In this period the study of theology was not yet divided into its modern self-contained areas.
A critical approach to scripture was taken for granted, and its implications for ecclesiology, the understanding of salvation and the social implications of the Gospel were teased out (in Hort's phrase) through enquiry and controversy as a way to discover truth.
Cambridge both engaged with German theology and responded positively to the nineteenth-century 'crisis of faith'.