Sermons in the Age of the American and French Revolutions

Grayson Ditchfield

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

 Sermons in the Age of the American and French Revolutions

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This article focuses on sermons in the age of the American and French Revolution. The most sensational sermons of the period are that of Henry Sacheverell in 1709 or that Benjamin Hoadly in 1717, each of which had sparked a political crisis. Several sermons achieved national prominence between 1770 and 1800. In particular, Thomas Nowell’s sermon before the House of Commons on 30 January 1772; Richard Price’s Discourse preached to the Revolution Society at the Old Jewry Chapel, London, in 1789; and Samuel Horsley’s dramatic tirade against the French regicide on 30 January 1793.

Keywords: Henry Sacheverell; Benjamin Hoadly; political crisis; Thomas Nowell; Richard Price; Samuel Horsley

Article.  7422 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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