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Varieties Of Sermon: A Survey Of Preaching In The Long Eighteenth Century

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In view of the many different kinds of sermons preached in the long eighteenth century, it may be more accurate to speak of them as varieties than as genres. To begin to get a grasp on the luxuriant variety of the Sunday sermon, it will help to make a basic distinction, that between Catholic and Protestant preaching. The preaching style that competed with the metaphysical school and that dominated the Commonwealth period was the Puritan plain style a variety of sermon that was still read (and preached) until well into the eighteenth century. Funeral sermons have a good bit in common with those for saints days since they often praised the virtue of the deceased and some of them even shared the rhetorical genre of panegyric with them. Funeral sermons were also published for political figures, especially for leading ones and members of the nobility.

Keywords: long eighteenth century; preaching; Sunday sermon



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