The Victorians: Religion and Science | 55mins
Director: Gresham College | Producer: Gresham College
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: United Kingdom
If there was any single belief that characterized the Victorian era, it was Christian belief. Religion pervaded social and political life to an extent almost unimaginable today. Yet this was also an age of major scientific progress and discovery. Ranging from Darwin's Origin of Species to Strauss's Life of Jesus, new techniques and approaches undermined faith in the literal truth of the Bible. This lecture looks at the relationship between science and religion and attempts to explain the growth towards the end of the century of 'secularization' and 'de-Christianization' in the mass of the urban population.