By Robert H. Ellison
The most recent installment in Brills a brand new historical past of the Sermon sequence deals leading edge reviews of sacred rhetoric within the 19th century. the 3 sectionsTheory and Theology, Sermon and Society within the British Empire, and Sermon and Society in Americacontain a complete of 16 essays on such themes as biblical feedback, Charles Darwin, the Oxford stream, the Womans Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), English Catholicism, sermon-novels, and the slave alternate on either side of the Atlantic. a number of traditions are represented, together with the Anglican and Presbyterian church buildings, English nonconformity, Judaism, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, making this a compilation that might attract a variety of preachers, historians, literary students, and scholars of the rhetorical tradition.Contributors are Miriam Elizabeth Burstein, Thomas J. Carmody, sunrise Coleman, Robert H. Ellison, Joseph Evans, Keith A. Francis, Brian Jackson, Dorothy Lander, Thomas H. Olbricht, Carol Poster, Mirela Saim, Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, Bob Tennant, David M. Timmerman, Tamara S. Wagner, and John Wolffe.
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68. , p. 384. , p. 382. 88 Ibid. 77 28 robert h. 90 Pusey’s goal, therefore, is to renew people’s faith in the book’s historical and spiritual authenticity. 93 Pusey’s argument seems fairly straightforward, but the development of his case is anything but simple. 95 Pusey does make several references to the need to choose “between the darkness and the light”,96 between following Jehovah and following Baal,97 but, to use Chadwick’s words, the collection offers far more “detached analysis” than “rhetorical and homiletic” material.
80. , p. vii. , pp. 90–113, 168–80, 270–308. , p. viii. , p. 229. , pp. 453–54. 98 He probably would have said the same of Prophetical Office and Daniel the Prophet, but the verdict would not be entirely fair, for he would be evaluating discourses in one genre according to the standards of another. 99 He seems to have reached this conclusion somewhat reluctantly, but it is the most reasonable perspective to adopt. It is, in fact, a distinction made by Newman himself. 102 The Eclectic Review article and Newman’s own statements capture the essence of the rhetorical critic’s work.
Interest in these texts has largely been historical or theological, focusing on what they reveal about the speaker’s views on the ancient church, the sacraments, ecclesiastical legislation, or a host of other topics. My concern, however, is rhetorical: I want to know how and why they expressed those views the way they did, tailoring each message to meet the demands and expectations of a certain place and time. When Victorian preachers and their publishers used a variety of labels, they implied that they recognized a variety of genres; analyzing the distinguishing characteristics of each category can illuminate aspects of the texts we have not noticed before.