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The Rhetoric Of Henry Ward Beecher And Frederic W. Farrar Regarding Biblical Criticism

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This essay focuses specifically upon the pulpit rhetoric regarding higher criticism. The higher criticism controversy was one aspect of a far-reaching intellectual sea-change. Certain left-leaning ministers attempted to pave the way for the acceptance of higher criticism among their parishioners through sermonizing. Among the noted clergymen in America and Great Britain who did so were Henry Ward Beecher and Frederic W. Farrar. The essay discusses the rhetorical strategies through which they sought to win their constituencies for these newer critical approaches. It first lays out the contours of the controversy itself, then takes up the approaches of Henry Ward Beecher and Frederic Farrar in their efforts to secure the support of those in the pews. It is clear that through their preaching that Henry Ward Beecher, an American, and Frederic W. Farrar, an Englishman, hoped to gain acceptance of the newly emerging views of the biblical critics among their parishioners.

Keywords: biblical criticism; Frederic W. Farrar; Henry Ward Beecher; parishioners



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