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As sermon titles indicate, sermons of all confessions increasingly took on the task of the enlightenment of the people, as well as that of edification. Sermons served church and state. Sermons were concerned with everyone: with all social classes, the illiterate as well as the literate, men as well as women, and indeed with (school) children as well. The clergy discussed elements of social order such as marriage and household, food and employment, wealth and poverty, as well as the authorities and their subjects; they also discussed important stages of life: birth, childhood and youth, as well as illness, old age and death. This chapter discusses the question of why confessional polemic became the norm despite the hesitant beginnings of religious tolerance. It deals with sermons and social control.

Keywords: confessional polemic; sermons; social control



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