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The Bible War in Ireland: The 'Second Reformation' and the Polarization of Protestant-Catholic Relations, 1800-1840

The Bible War in Ireland: The 'Second Reformation' and the Polarization of Protestant-Catholic Relations, 1800-1840

Set against the international 'Great Awakening' and turmoil of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, The Bible War in Ireland reveals the growth of religious revivalism in Ireland during a period of unparalleled political upheaval. After the 1798 Rebellion, evangelical religion became enormously popular within Irish Protestant society, as evangelicals led a moral crusade to mold the minds of a rising generation of Catholics through education and Bible distribution. The threat implicit in the rise of Catholic democracy caused Protestants to unite behind this, culminating in the 1822 'Second Reformation' sermon of Archbishop William Magee that claimed ecclesiastical supremacy for the Church of Ireland. This provoked an unprecedented response from the Catholic hierarchy and clergy, led by Bishop James Doyle.

Introduction

Chapter 1. Eighteenth-Century Antecedents

Chapter 2. The Age of Moral Reform

Chapter 3. The Mission to the Catholic Population

Chapter 4. The Politics of Catholic Emancipation

Chapter 5. The 'Second Reformation,' 1822-7

Chapter 6. The Catholic Counter-Attack

Chapter 7. New Directions, 1828-40

Conclusion

Appendix A: Tracts on the Popish Controversy

Appendix B: Richard Lalor Shiel’s Account of a Contest between Doyle and Magee

Notes

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