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From Barbarism to Civility, from Darkness to Light: Preaching Empire as Sacred History

Robert G. Ingram

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/9780199583591.013.0029

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

From Barbarism to Civility, from Darkness to Light: Preaching Empire as Sacred History

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This article examines the sacred histories were the focus of the nearly one hundred anniversary sermons preached before the Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Working Schools in Ireland (1735–1783) and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (1702–1783). These sermons were classified as charity sermons, and contained all of that genre’s tropes. They also articulated a rationale for England’s empire and argued for the established Church of England’s participation in that imperial project by way of a particular sacred history.

Keywords: anniversary sermons; Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Working Schools; Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts; charity sermons

Article.  7341 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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