“Benjamin Disraeli: Secular, Christian, or Jew?” A Talk Given by Dr Megan Dent

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June 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
London Inter Faith Centre
St Annes & St Andrews Church
125 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6RG
£5 Booking NOT Required
Laurence Hillel

Dr Megan Dent received her D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 2016 with her thesis, Disraeli and Religion. She is the author of several journal articles and book reviews on nineteenth-century religious culture, and she recently co-edited a volume called Thomas Carlyle and the Idea of Influence (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018). She now lives and works in Queen’s Park, tutors in English and Religious Studies, and is working on a book project based on her doctoral thesis.

About Her Talk: Benjamin Disraeli was famously evasive when it came to his religious position. Born to Jewish parents, who had him baptised in the Church of England at the age of twelve, Disraeli went on to become an illustrious dandy, wit, novelist, and prime minister. His large body of work, produced during a career that spanned almost the entire Victorian period, reflects the multi-dimensionality of his upbringing and a culture utterly in flux. While Disraeli worshipped in the Anglican church and participated in changes to the ecclesiastical foundations of the nation, key aspects of his understanding of the individual, of society, and of the nation remain rooted in his identity as a Jew and in his understanding of the Hebrew Bible. This talk will explore Disraeli’s relationship with Judaism and Secularism and make links to our own conversations about the separation between the secular and the religious