In trumpet-tones he said that the message of Christ was Freedom, that all systems of society which favour the accumulation of capital in a few hands or which oust the masses from the soil are contrary to the kingdom of God. He besought the poor not to judge the church by its diseases. Let the clergy be as tyrannical, luxurious, bigoted, ignorant, careless as they may, the Bible proclaims freedom to the poor, baptism proclaims the equality of all men, the Lord’s Supper proclaims their brotherhood, not as a dim and distant possibility but as an absolute and eternal right. It is God’s will that the degraded masses shall share in the soil and wealth and civilisation and government of England. — Owen Chadwick, The Victorian Church, 359

Kingsley's Political Positions


Church Politics

Selected Bibliography

Baker, William J. "Charles Kingsley on the Crimean War: A Study in Chauvinism." Southern Humanities Review 1970.

Brantlinger, Patrick. The Spirit of Reform: British Literature and Politics, 1832-1867. Cambridge, MA & London: Harvard UP, 1977.

Chadwick, Owen. The Victorian Church. London: Adam & Charles Black. 1966.

Hawley, John C., S.J. "Responses to Charles Kingsley's Attack on Political Economy Victorian Periodicals Review. 1986 (19/4) 131-137.

Kovacevic, Ivanka. "Charles Kingsley's Imperialism and the Victorian Frame of Mind." Filoloski Pregled 1975 (3-4) 55-72.

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