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The Problem of Pleasure: Sport, Recreation and the Crisis of Victorian Religion

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This book traces the rise and fall of the evangelical movement, the powerhouse of Victorian religion, via its preoccupation with pleasure. Victorian evangelicalism demonstrated an ability to excite the affections but also a corresponding suspicion of worldly pleasures. Suspicion developed into hostility, and a movement premised on freedom became coercive and alienating. ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published February 18th 2010 by Boydell Press
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Bill
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Erdozain examines the topic of "pleasure" (entertainment, leisure) as it relates to the evangelical church in the 18th and 19th centuries of Britain. His assertion is that the church's view of pleasure, as a growing force in that day and culture, went through a progression within the church--first viewed as vice (because it was drawing people away from church) but then being viewed as virtuous (because the church had found it could capitalize on pleasure as a way to draw in potential con
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The author traces the rise and fall of the evangelical movement, as the powerhouse of Victorian religion, in relation to its preoccupation with pleasure, and more specifically, its suspicion of worldly pleasures eventually giving rise to a movement premised on freedom becoming coercive and alienating. Erdozain argues that the problem of pleasure was due to overdrawn boundaries between church and world.
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