Oxford Movement Triumvirate: Keble, Newman and Pusey
The second child of Philip Pusey (1748-1828) and Lucy Sherard, EDWARD PUSEY was an Anglican clergyman and scholar, He matriculated at Oxford as a member of Christ Church in 1819. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1822, and his Master of Arts degree in 1825. In 1829, he was appointed to the chair of the regius professor of Hebrew in Oxford and as canon of Christ Church, Oxford. It was in the 1820s that Pusey came under the growing influence of John Keble and (the future) St. John Henry Cardinal Newman. In fact, Pusey authored a couple of religious tracts — one on fasting around this period.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed, one page, 1826 (?) addressed to Alexander Nicoll (1797-1828) a Regis Scholar of Hebrew at Oxford. The letter was written while Pusey was at Gottingen studying German blblical scholarship. Following a two-year stint at Gottingen and Berlin, Pusey published An Historical Enquiry into the Probable Causes of the Rationalist Character Lately Predominant in the Theology of Germany, published in 1828. Pusey speaks of someone who dislikes or disagrees with him and that it is likely he will not preach at the communion service on Easter Sunday. The strained relationship has caused Pusey great pain and felt obliged to explain his absence or decision to not participate in the liturgy. This letter merits further research.
Pusey is, perhaps, best known for his role in the great revival of church life, which began between 1830 and 1840, later known as the Oxford Movement. He published a number of works defending the Church of England including “The Oxford Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church, anterior to the Division of East and West,” a translation of the most valuable writings of the church fathers. In addition, he published several volumes of his sermons, including a series entitled “Sermons during the Seasons from Advent to Whitsuntide” (1848-1853).
Pusey died on September 14, 1882 at Ascot Priory in Berkshire, and was buried at Oxford. More information concerning the life and influence of Dr. Pusey can be found in “A Life of Pusey” (1893-1894), prepared by Canon Liddon, and in general reference sources such as the “Dictionary of National Biography.”
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