The Sermon, Court, and Parliament, 1689–1789

Pasi Ihalainen

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, Court, and Parliament, 1689–1789

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This article focuses on the sermons preached at courts and estate and parliamentary meetings from 1689–1789. These sermons were not only—or even primarily—religious texts. They were essentially a political act reflecting the norms, values, attitudes, and opinions that prevailed in a particular political culture, where the preacher served the state by performing the role of a popularizing political theorist. Political sermons at court and in Parliament were used to define the collective political and social values of the community—or at least to propagate those of the majority of its current rulers. They could be used to deliver partisan messages to promote the politico-religious cause of the group whom the speaker and some of the audience represented.

Keywords: political sermons; courts; estate meetings; parliamentary meetings; preaching; preachers

Article.  7929 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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