Lux Mundi

The title of a book containing “A Series of Studies in the Religion of the Incarnation,” edited by Charles Gore,* bishop of Oxford, published in 1889. Dissatisfied with the superficial level of the Anglo-Catholic movement during the latter half of the nineteenth century, the contributors to this volume pressed for a more liberal and socially informed Catholicism in the Church of England. Bishop Gore, in his preface, maintained that the old faith and the new scientific hermeneutics were not necessarily incompatible; changing times, he said, required “new points of view.” Nevertheless, these Oxford essays were violently attacked by the conservative members of the Church of England and assailed publicly in Convocation.