Rationalism, the Enlightenment, and Sermons

Nigel Aston

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

Rationalism, the Enlightenment, and Sermons


This article discusses the following: rational sermons in the eighteenth century; preaching during the Enlightenment; deism in England and America; the defenders of rational religion: George Berkeley, bishop of Cloyne, Joseph Butler, Bishop of Bristol, and the Cambridge academic Daniel Waterland; Hoadleians and Warburtonians, the debate on miracles, and the views of theologian William Paley.

Keywords: preaching; deism; miracles; William Paley; William Warburton; Benjamin Hoadly; George Berkeley; Joseph Butler; Daniel Waterland

Article.  7935 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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