Preaching in the Churches of Scotland

Ann Matheson

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

 Preaching in the Churches of Scotland

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This article examines Scottish sermons from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. It describes how the sermon was used to convey the new truths of reformed religion to the layman. It discusses how Scottish preachers drew from new thinking in Scottish universities and from contemporary treatises on preaching and sermon composition. It considers the sermons of Hugh Blair, the most successful sermon-writer in eighteenth-century Scotland. In nineteenth-century Scotland, the sermon continued to be the central tenet of worship in the Church of Scotland but more and more it was great oratory that drew the crowds. As the power of the Evangelicals increased there was much greater emphasis on extempore sermons and as a result, printed sermons no longer formed a very reliable source for the preaching of the day.

Keywords: sermons; religious reform; Scottish preachers; preaching; Evangelicals; Hugh Blair

Article.  7964 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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