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111 She had consistently maintained the primacy of mind; true to herself, she continued to do so until the end. This viewpoint minimized the material Protestant Paradigms in Victorian Poverty Studies 45 aspects of poverty to such an extent that their very significance was implicitly called into question. Denial: the poverty that is not poverty And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.

This makes all the more striking her frequent use of Christian and Protestant metaphors and ideas. ”57 Bunyan’s Slough of Despond is such a place as cannot be mended. It is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth continually run, and therefore is it called the Slough of Despond; for still as the sinner is awakened about his lost condition, there ariseth in his soul many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, which all of 32 Hard and Unreal Advice them get together, and settle in this place.

55 Yet for Booth the wages of sin is still death – or at least a life of dire poverty. General providence can operate with or without God. Helen Dendy Bosanquet, although never explicitly religious in her arguments, larded them with images drawn from English Protestant tradition and references to its classic works. Bosanquet was actively involved in the Philosophical Idealist movement, which will be considered in more detail below, and was disinterested in religious doctrine or practice. This makes all the more striking her frequent use of Christian and Protestant metaphors and ideas.

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