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Cambridge Apostles: Religion


In 1820 and at Cambridge University in England, a secret group or society called The Cambridge Apostles appeared and attracted many British learned or intellectuals of the 19th century. This paper gives a brief account of the group, the foundation, and the procedures of their meetings, to focus more on their religious identity. Cambridge Apostles with its liberal endeavor, based first on real Christian grounds with the founder who acknowledged himself as the Bishop of Gibraltar, however, the members or the apostles turned later to acquire, what was commonly known, the religious doubt and went to question the old established Christian institutions.

Keywords: 19th century literature, Apostles, Cambridge Apostles, Cambridge University, Religion., literary clubs, literary group, religious doubts, the elite

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