The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901

Paperback | November 12, 2014

EditorKeith A. Francis, William Gibson

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The period 1689-1901 was "the golden age" of the sermon in Britain. It was the best selling printed work and dominated the print trade until the mid-nineteenth century. Sermons were highly influential in religious and spiritual matters, but they also played important roles in elections andpolitics, science and ideas, and campaigns for reform. Sermons touched the lives of ordinary people and formed a dominant part of their lives. Preachers attracted huge crowds and the popular demand for sermons was never higher. Sermons were also taken by missionaries and clergy across the Britishempire, so that preaching was integral to the process of imperialism and shaped the emerging colonies and dominions. The form that sermons took varied widely, and this enabled preaching to be adopted and shaped by every denomination, so that in this period most religious groups could lay claim to asermon style. The pulpit naturally lent itself to controversy, and consequently sermons lay at the heart of numerous religious arguments.Drawing on the latest research by leading sermon scholars, this handbook accesses historical, theological, rhetorical, literary and linguistic studies to demonstrate the interdisciplinary strength of the field of sermon studies and to show the centrality of sermons to religious life in thisperiod.

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The period 1689-1901 was "the golden age" of the sermon in Britain. It was the best selling printed work and dominated the print trade until the mid-nineteenth century. Sermons were highly influential in religious and spiritual matters, but they also played important roles in elections andpolitics, science and ideas, and campaigns for ...

Keith Francis is a historian of religion in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is particularly interested in the development of the biological sciences and their impact on nineteenth-century Christianity. He is the Executive Secretary of the American Society of Church History and a visiting research fellow at Oxford ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:688 pagesPublished:November 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I: Introductory Essays1. William Gibson: The British Sermon 1689-1901: Quantities, Performance, and Culture2. Keith A. Francis: Sermons: Themes and DevelopmentsII: Sermons: Communities, Cultures and Communication3. Jeffrey S. Chamberlain: Parish Preaching in the Long Eighteenth Century4. Frances Knight: Parish Preaching in the Victorian Era: The Village Sermon5. Martin Hewitt: Preaching from the platform6. Michael Graves: The British Quaker Sermon, 1689-19017. Bob Tennant: The Sermons of the Eighteenth-Century Evangelicals8. Geoffrey Scott: Sermons in British Catholicism to the Restoration of the Hierarchy9. Ann Matheson: Preaching in the Churches of Scotland10. Irene Whelan: The Sermon and Political Controversy in Ireland, 1800-185011. John Morgan-Guy: Sermons in Wales in the Established Church12. D. Densil Morgan: Preaching in the Vernacular: the Welsh sermon, 1689-190113. Andrew Pink: Order and Uniformity, Decorum, and Taste: Sermons Preached at the Anniversary Meeting of the Three Choirs, 1720-1800III: Occasional Sermons14. Pasi Ihalainen: The Sermon, Court and Parliament 1689-178915. James J. Caudle: The Defence of Georgian Britain, the Anti-Jacobite Sermon 1715-174616. Warren Johnston: Preaching, National Salvation, Victories and Thanksgiving, 1689-180017. Grayson Ditchfield: Sermons in the Age of the American and French Revolutions18. William Gibson: This Itching Ear d Age : Visitation Sermons and Charges in the Eighteenth Century19. Colin Haydon: Consecration Sermons20. Penny Pritchard: The Protestant Funeral Sermon in England, 1688-180021. John Wolffe: The Victorian Funeral SermonIV: Sermons, Controversies and the Development of Ideas22. Bob Tennant: Hard Labour: Institutional Benevolence and the Development of National Education23. Robert J. Surridge and Keith A. Francis: Sermons for End Times: Evangelicalism, Romanticism, and Apocalypse in Britain24. Nigel Aston: Rationalism, the Enlightenment, and Sermons25. Jeremy Morris: Preaching the Oxford Movement26. Melissa Wilkinson: Sermons and the Catholic Restoration27. Keith A. Francis: Paley to Darwin: Natural Theology versus Science in Victorian Sermons28. Gerald Parsons: Preaching the Broad Church Gospel: The Natal Sermons of Bishop John William ColensoV: Sermons: Missions and Ideas of Empire29. Robert G. Ingram: From Barbarism to Civility, from Darkness to Light : Preaching Empire as Sacred History30. Rowan Strong: Eighteenth-Century Mission Sermons31. Joanna Cruickshank: The Sermon in the British Colonies32. Andrew Sneddon: Church of Ireland Missions to Roman Catholics c.1700-180033. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen: Go ye therefore and teach all nations : Evangelical and Mission Sermons, the Imperial StageVI: Sermons and Literature34. Kirstie Blair: The Poet-Preachers35. Stephen Prickett: Tradition Preaching and the Gothic Revival36. Linda Gill VII: Conclusion: The Sermon and the Victorian Novel37. Keith A. Francis: Sermon Studies: Major Issues and Future Directions

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"Welcome to the expanding world of Sermon Studies. In this mighty have history, analysis and critical reflection upon the sermon as a distinctive, art form throughout two significant centuries of English history." --William H. Williamson, Theology