The Sermon and Political controversy in Ireland, 1800–1850

Irene Whelan

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

The Sermon and Political controversy in Ireland, 1800–1850


The first half of the nineteenth century in Ireland was marked by sectarian controversy, involving the long-term dispute between Protestantism and Catholicism. The sermon became the weapon used by opposing sides to express their views. This article explores the role of the sermon in political controversy. Specifically, it considers how religion became a part of the political debate and its role in the growth of sectarianism and political polarization.

Keywords: sermons; politics; Ireland; sectarianism; polarization

Article.  7722 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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