Appeared in Vol. 9 No. 1

The Victorian era, often viewed in retrospect as a stable and altogether conventional period of politics, social mores and religion, actually seethed, according to Carson Daly, with an unending battle between the desire and the inability to believe in Christ. In the article which follows, the author brings this battle to the surface through a brief analysis of four Victorian literary works. She thus provides the reader an opportunity to view a key problem of modern man, a problem which, as the rise of religious and pseudo-religious concerns in our own day will attest, has hardly gone away. Thus the Victorian dilemma, in Daly’s analysis, would justly appear to be but a revealing prelude to our own religious difficulties.

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