The Preacher's Footing

Michael Warner

in This Is Enlightenment

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780226761473
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226761466 | DOI:
The Preacher's Footing

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This chapter explores the media culture of evangelical preaching. It raises the following question: what has evangelicalism to do with enlightenment? To many, the intuitive answer is nothing: evangelicalism was if anything an antithesis, a direct reaction against the Enlightenment. However, it is argued that far from being simply a reaction against an already congealed “Enlightenment,” eighteenth-century evangelical practices came into being through many of the same media and norms of discourse. What we now call evangelicalism can be seen as the transformation of older strains of pietism by public-sphere forms. Were these better understood, we might be less puzzled by the alliance of deists and evangelicals that, at the end of the century, gave us disestablishment.

Keywords: evangelical preaching; evangelicalism; Enlightenment; media; pietism

Chapter.  6761 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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