A new tender fatherhood: ‘Divine love’ in the 19th century

The pre-eminence of God’s ‘fatherhood’ was especially salient in the second half of the nineteenth-century. Indeed, some historians have argued that the second half of the 19th century witnessed the introduction of God as a ‘sentimental fatherhood’ – to be contrasted with the earlier emphasis upon God as a ‘moral governor’. From the 1850s, myriad... Continue Reading →

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