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‘This Itching Ear’d Age’: Visitation Sermons and Charges in the Eighteenth Century

William Gibson

in The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583591
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199583591.013.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 ‘This Itching Ear’d Age’: Visitation Sermons and Charges in the Eighteenth Century

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In the eighteenth century, visitations by archdeacons and bishops were occasions of accountability for the clergy. At each visitation, a sermon was preached, and this article considers visitation sermons as a form of pulpit literature in its own right. Visitation sermons are remarkable testimony to the energy, dedication, and professionalism of bishops, archdeacons, and their clergy.

Keywords: visitation sermons; clergy; accountability; bishops; archdeacons; preachers

Article.  7945 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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