Parish Preaching in the Long Eighteenth Century

Jeffrey S. Chamberlain

in The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583591
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Parish Preaching in the Long Eighteenth Century

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This article attempts to paint a picture parish preaching in the eighteenth century. Most parsons developed a corpus of sermons that they used over and over. Those sermons focused on sin and judgment, obedience to God, hardships in the here and now, and the rewards of the afterlife. At their worst, parish sermons were repetitive and rudimentary, but at their best, they could be rhapsodic and soaring, and undoubtedly moving and meaningful to congregants. They were an important part of worship, because it was a truism that people were more apt to attend a service with a sermon than prayers alone.

Keywords: parish preaching; preachers; sermons; sin; judgment; obedience; afterlife

Article.  8076 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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