The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume XII. The Romantic Revival.

XIII. The Growth of Liberal Theology

§ 12. Jowett

The ungenerous treatment which Jowett received from his theological opponents at Oxford was enough to discourage him from further theological studies, and, in succeeding years, Plato received from him more attention than St. Paul. But he continued to find expression for his thoughts on religion in regular preaching. In his posthumous volumes of sermons, he shows more care for simple truths and simple duties than for the controversies of the hour; he encourages a sane and wellbalanced outlook on life—“that is a maimed soul which loves goodness and has no love of truth, or which loves truth and has no love of goodness”—and he expresses himself as thankful for his church-membership

  • in this ancient house of our fathers, with all its faults the best and most tolerant of the Churches of Christendom, and the least opposed to the spirit of the age.