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The Theology Of The Sermon In The Eighteenth Century

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Methodologically, it is important in an investigation of the theologies of the sermon to derive them not only from homiletic tracts, but also from the practice of preaching. In terms of the history of the sermon, the eighteenth century is still not very well researched. Martin Luther saw the sermon as Gods quintessential medium of salvation. According to his point of view, a sermon was not a speech about holy things or the contents of faith, but a speech that reached into the life of its audience. At the Council of Trent (15451563), where the foundation stone of the Roman Catholic confession was being laid, there arose a theology of the sermon quite divergent from that of the Protestants. Lutheran sermon theory of the seventeenth century is strongly characterized by the concept of the efficacia verbi divini (the efficacy of the divine Word).

Keywords: Council of Trent (15451563); Martin Luther; preaching; Roman Catholic confession; sermon



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