Pusey and the Romantic Poets: Some Links to Eucharistic Theology

Brian Douglas, Jane Douglas

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Abstract

This article examines some of the links between the nineteenth century Tractarian leader Edward Pusey and the Romantic poets, particularly Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in relation to eucharistic theology, especially Pusey's 1836 'Lectures on Types and Prophecies of the Old Testament'. Pusey's sacramental theology was affected by the Romantic poets in the expression of moderate realism which also played an important part in the Oxford Movement. Like the Romantic poets, Pusey saw nature as pointing to and conveying the presence of God and this had clear connections for Pusey to a moderate realist sacramental theology where the presence of the divine was known through the material: things like bread and wine and water.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-554
Number of pages16
JournalNew Blackfriars: a review, edited by the Dominicans of the English Province
Volume98
Issue number1077
Early online date26 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

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