Robert Browning's decoding of natural theology in "Caliban upon Setebos".(Critical Essay)

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From: Victorian Poetry
Date: 20050922
Author:Peterfreund, Stuart

In his letter of June 27, 1864, to Julia Wedgwood, Robert Browning reports on the following encounter:

 
   Last night I was talking with a friend who read aloud a passage from 
   Dr. Newman's Apology in which he says that "he is as convinced of 
   the existence of God"--an individual, not an external force 
   merely--"as of his own existence:" I believe he deceives himself and 
   that no sane man has ever had, with mathematical exactness, equal 
   conviction on those two points--though the approximation to equality 
   may be in any degree short of that: and looking at the ...

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