Role of Religion in Victorian Life Essay
Religion throughout history has been a dominating social factor, and in Britain during the nineteenth century, this same religious domination can be seen. The Victorian era was marked by the Church of England which developed such an influence in politics as well as religion that it became difficult to separate the two (Yi 1). The tyrannical power of the church fostered many problems (lack of space, not relating to its people, hypocrisy, etc.) and created an air where a variety of dissenting groups could form and develop (1). The atmosphere of the high church compared to that of the dissenting groups explains why the shift of religion occurred with such a large response.
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Service and Worship
Style of worship differed greatly between the Church of England and the dissenters. The Church of England had a more rigid, formal structure to it, where the dissenting churches allowed for the freedom of expression--class and respectability did not allocate where you would sit (Cody). Adorning your “Sunday best” was no longer a requirement for attendance. This tradition of the Church of England humiliated the lower classes because many “sacrificed their 'Sunday