Theodore Parker: Orator of Superior Ideas

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Chronology of Selected Speeches

Some of Parker's most significant sermons/speeches are listed below. Most of them
have been referred to in the preceding text.

1841
January 31 "A Sermon of Slavery." This was Parker's first antislavery sermon.
In it he sought to demolish the arguments of Northerners who claimed
that slavery was not their concern.
May 19 "The Transient and Permanent in Christianity." This sermon, probably
Parker's best known, was preached at Dawes Place Church in Boston
during the ordination service of C. C. Shackford. Parker used this
occasion to challenge and dispute orthodox theology.
1846
January "The True Idea Of the Christian Church." This sermon was delivered
at Parker's installation as the pastor of the Twenty-eighth
Congregational Society on the first Sunday of January. Parker shared
his vision of what a true church should be.
June 7 "A Sermon Of War." In response to the Mexican War, Parker charged
that "war is a violation of Christianity. . . . [War] is a national
infidelity, a denial of Christianity and God." This was not a position
that Parker would later advocate when the probability of a civil war
was on the horizon.
August 30 "The Perishing Classes of Boston." In this sermon, delivered at the
Melodeon, Parker drew a vivid description of what it meant to be
poor in Boston, and urged solutions to poverty. "All that is lacking is
the prudent will," he exclaimed.
November 30 "A Sermon Of Merchants." At the Melodeon, Parker delivered a
sermon wherein he laid much of the blame for society's ills on the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Series Foreword ix
  • Foreword xiii
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Introduction xix
  • PART I - THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ORATOR 1
  • 1 - Prologue: A Mid-Nineteenth-Century Preacher 3
  • 2 - The Early Years (1810-1841) 7
  • 3 - The Years of Influence (1841-1859) 27
  • 4 - The Waning Months (1859-1860) 67
  • PART II - SERMONS AND SPEECHES OF THEODORE PARKER 73
  • Notes 111
  • Chronology of Selected Speeches 121
  • Bibliography 127
  • Index 135
  • About the Author *
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