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Nathan Ryalls Dies Altick Ch. 6 Summary With the emerging Darwin theory Victorians brought “a revision of man’s view of his own nature and of his place in the universe” (Altick 232). Science began to question the Christian faith, and “unbelief became acceptable” (Altick 233). Questioning the faith became acceptable within the Victorian age. Before people would keep their questions and doubts to only a few close friends, but with the rise of scientific questioning the decision became more welcomed. These denunciations of faith came after long soul- searching journey. The Metaphysical Society came around in the 1870s with “the purposes of high- level philosophical discussion” (Altick 234). The members included a Roman Catholic prelate, biologist, a poet, intellectual peers, and Anglican bishops.
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Unformatted text preview: Here they would talk about philosophical issues of the day (Altick 234). The poet Tennyson said spent ten years trying to define metaphysicsand failed (Altick 234). The Victorian need for faith outshone their ancestors, because faith was harder to point out. During this age the Catholic Church held the First Vatican Council in 1869, and Swinburne wrote a Hymn of Man. Some replaced God by man. Alticks last words in Chapter 6 are Their descendants tragedy is that they have lost faith even in man (Altick 237). This is an interesting way for Altick to end the discussion on other beliefs during the Victorian period. Perhaps he mean that future generations have lost faith even in themselves....
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