Wendling, Ronald C., 1939-

Coleridge's progress to Christianity : experience and authority in religious faith / Ronald C. Wendling. - Lewisburg [Pa.] : London : Bucknell University Press ; Associated University Presses, c1995. - 266 p. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-249) and index.

The resource of metaphysics -- An excess of inwardness -- Coleridge's "indigence of being" -- A religion for "democrats" (1792-1801) -- Negative unitarianism (1801-1806) -- The approach to trinitarianism (1806-1818) -- Coleridgean orthodoxy (1809-1820) -- The "logosopia" (1799-1834).

Best known as a romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge also mounted a strong challenge to the skepticism and relativism we inherit from the Enlightenment. Ronald C. Wendling shows Coleridge, modern in his critical spirit and chronic anxiety, nevertheless progressing toward a total head-and-heart acceptance of Church of England orthodoxy. The tension between Coleridge's poetic feeling for the divinity of the sensible world and his reverential sense of God's personality and transcendence stimulated this development. Adopting a personalist approach to the study of Coleridge's thought, Wendling explains how the circumstances contributing to his addictive personality helped shape his spiritual and intellectual life.

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Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834 --Religion.

Christian poetry, English--History and criticism.
Authority--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Dogma--History--19th century.
Christianity and literature.
Religion in literature.
Experience (Religion)

PR4487.R4 / W46 1995