Charity disestablished? The Origins of the Charity Organisation Society revisited, 1868-1871

Michael J. D. Roberts

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Abstract

The Charity Organisation Society is conventionally assumed to have emerged as a natural response to chronic problems of urban poverty relief which, by 1869, had become acute. While accepting that such an approach identifies a necessary dimension of explanation, the argument presented here contends that no sufficient explanation of the emergence of the COS can be given without taking into account the ecclesiastical dimension of events, in particular, the key role played by Whig Broad Churchmen determined to ‘hold the line’ against ideals of religious voluntarism in the aftermath of the shock of Gladstone's 1868 disestablishment of the Church of Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-61
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of ecclesiastical history
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Bibliographical note

Copyright 2003 Cambridge University Press. Reprinted from Journal of Ecclesiastical History.

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