Marcus Clarke: ‘Christianity is Dead’


In November 1879 the first issue of the Victorian Review carried an article by Marcus Clarke, 'Civilization without Delusion', in which Clarke discussed the role of the Church in society. The article (or its author) was impressive enough to lead Dr James Moorhouse, Anglican Bishop of Melbourne, to publish 'Civilization without Delusion: a Reply' in the next issue of the Victorian Review. Clarke continued the debate with 'A Letter to His Lordship the Anglican Bishop of Melbourne' but Moorhouse did not respond. Clarke gathered the three articles into a pamphlet which he published early in 1880 under the title Civilization without Delusion.

The full text of this essay is available to ALS subscribers

Please sign in to access this article and the rest of our archive.

Published 1 October 1973 in Volume 6 No. 2. Subjects: Christianity, Ethics, Religion, Spiritual & religious beliefs, Marcus Clarke.

Cite as: Poole, Joan. ‘Marcus Clarke: ‘Christianity is Dead’.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, 1973, doi: 10.20314/als.fa67831636.