Coleridge, the Bible, and Religion (2008)

Coleridge, the Bible, and ReligionJeffrey W. Barbeau, Coleridge, the Bible, and Religion. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Barbeau’s Coleridge, the Bible, and Religion reconstructs the system of religion that Samuel Taylor Coleridge develops in Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit (1840). Coleridge’s late system links four sources of divinity—the Bible, the traditions of the church, the interior work of the Spirit, and the inspired preacher—to Christ, the Word. In thousands of marginalia and private notebook entries, S. T. Coleridge challenges traditional views of the formation and inspiration of the Bible, clarifies the role of the church in biblical interpretation, and elucidates the relationship between the objective and subjective sources of revelation. In late writings that develop a robust system of religion, Coleridge conveys his commitment to biblical wisdom.

“[A] massive addition to Coleridge scholarship, and to nineteenth-century theology, and we are much in Barbeau’s debt.”

—Stephen Prickett, Christianity and Literature

“The scholarship is massive yet focused and the context is exhilarating. It shows Coleridge’s influence throughout the nineteenth century as a philosopher, political thinker, and theologian in Great Britain, Germany, and America”

—Marilyn Gaull, Editor of The Wordsworth Circle

“[A]n accessible introduction to the larger Coleridge canon.”

—Robert H. Ellison, English Historical Review

“. . . Barbeau focuses on Coleridge’s seminal and posthumously published Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit…offe[ing] much insight into the broad terrain of British Anglicanism, both in its political and ecclesiastical manifestations.”

—Benjamin M. Guyer, Anglican Theological Review