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With the reformed administration now proposed, he declared, rather than with abolition of any provision for the poor. We have seen how the Calvinist tradition made poverty morally problematic. As Britain’s economy was transformed in the nineteenth century, the poverty previously the lot of most became the lot of fewer and fewer. “The natural order of things” was changing, and for those Protestant Paradigms in Victorian Poverty Studies 29 who did not accept the Calvinist doctrine of predestination poverty now required explanation.
Reviewing poor law history to justify “the principles of 1834” and protect them from unwise amendment, Loch states that the framers of the New Poor Law did not wish to allow starvation, “But they would not tempt the self-supporting to destitution. ”73 Since it would be overly generous parish ofﬁcials, rather than the Devil, who would be tempters, temptation in the traditional religious sense does not appear to be at issue here. And yet it would be difﬁcult, if not impossible, to recast this sentence in purely secular terms while conveying the same meaning.
It would be nearly impossible (and undoubtedly harmful) to strip a language of its 36 Hard and Unreal Advice longstanding cultural associations, even in writing what is intended to be precise, scientiﬁc prose. Habits of mind, however, often accompany habits of speech, and a close examination of the use of temptation in poverty theory often reveals problems that a mere change of terminology cannot remedy. S. Loch, head of the COS, very much in tune with Helen Bosanquet. Reviewing poor law history to justify “the principles of 1834” and protect them from unwise amendment, Loch states that the framers of the New Poor Law did not wish to allow starvation, “But they would not tempt the self-supporting to destitution.