The Preacher and Profane Learning

Noam Reisner

in The Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199237531
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Preacher and Profane Learning

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This article identifies the patterns that help define what forms ‘profane’ learning. It discusses some individual preachers and their classical intellect, and how they exploited profane learning in a variety of different contexts in their sermons. The article also considers the actual impact of profane learning on preaching and the different degrees of profanity.

Keywords: profane learning; classical intellect; preaching; degrees of profanity

Article.  7950 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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