Corporate Holiness: Pulpit Preaching and the Church of England Missionary Societies, 1760-1870

Hardcover | November 17, 2013

byBob Tennant

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Bob Tennant presents a history of the missionary work, cultures, and rhetoric of the Church of England in 1760-1870, when it was the predominant organizer of Protestant overseas missions. Through close attention to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK, founded 1699), the Societyfor the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG, 1701), and the Church Missionary Society (CMS, 1799) Tennant offers a systematic exploration of the complex relationship between the Societies' policies, decision-making systems, and administration, as recorded in their unpublished minutebooks, and the rhetorical and theological activity of their sermon literature. Thus their 'corporate holiness' is shown to be a synthesis of theology, ministry, rhetoric, administration, and methods of building public support. In the process, Tennant also offers analyses of controversies within theChurch of England about questions such as the relationship of Bible to liturgy, the nature and techniques of mass education, charitable behaviour, and the processes of decision-making. Supported by statistical evidence, he offers a revisionist account of the Church's relationship to the American Revolution, the Romantic movement, and the Indian 'Mutiny'. Besides offering a critical history of his subject, Tennant also suggests a methodology for approaching a general thesis ofChristian missionary societies on their own terms, theoretically separable from and avoiding the distortions and imbalances which have been imposed by the secularist imperial historiography to which they have so often been subordinated.

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Bob Tennant presents a history of the missionary work, cultures, and rhetoric of the Church of England in 1760-1870, when it was the predominant organizer of Protestant overseas missions. Through close attention to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK, founded 1699), the Societyfor the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreig...

Bob Tennant is Honorary Fellow at the University of Durham, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567859

ISBN - 13:9780199567850

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Introduction1. The Church overseas in the 1760s2. Preaching liberty: orphans, slaves and citizenship3. The Church Missionary Society4. The heroic phase (1): corporate redefinition and controversy5. The heroic phase (2): missionary praxis6. The imperial Church (1): the overseas dioceses7. The imperial Church (2): managing the missions8. Some mid-century crisesConclusionAppendices:1: SPG Board meetings, 1751-1860: attendances by bishops2: Anniversary preachers use of Biblical texts