Frederick Denison Maurice
1 April -- Commemoration
Born into a Unitarian family in 1805, Frederick Maurice
became an Anglican in his twenties and was then ordained.
He was one of the founders of the Christian Socialist
Movement, in which his particular concern was providing
education for working men. As a theologian, Maurice's ideas
on Anglican comprehensiveness have remained influential.
His best-remembered book, The Kingdom of
Christ, demonstrated his philosophical approach to
theology. His radicalism was revealed in his attack on
traditional concepts of hell in Theological
Essays, which cost him his Professorship at
Kings College, London, in
1853. In 1866, however, he was given a chair in
Cambridge, which he held
until his death on this day in 1872.
If celebrated as a Lesser Festival,
Common of Teachers, page 473