Preaching the Broad Church Gospel: The <i>Natal Sermons</i> of Bishop John William Colenso

Gerald Parsons

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

 Preaching the Broad Church Gospel: The Natal Sermons of Bishop John William Colenso

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This article examines the sermons of Bishop John Williams Colenso, the first Anglican Bishop of Natal, and their context within Victorian religious life. It begins with a case-study of Broad Church preaching. It then examines the way in which Broad Church ideas and themes were translated into sermons presented to a weekly congregation. It provides context for Colenso’s weekly sermons to his colonial cathedral congregation, first through a brief comparison with the Oxford College preaching of the Anglican Broad Church theologian Benjamin Jowett, and by considering their significance for the relationship between the Anglican Broad Church tradition and Victorian Unitarianism.

Keywords: sermons; preachers; Anglican bishops; Victorian religious life; Anglican Broad Church; Benjamin Jowett; Victorian Unitarianism

Article.  8000 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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