The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 5

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CHAPTER III
New England

There are good reasons for treating the Puritans of New England in the chapter we devoted to the Puritans of old England. There is much that bound together the Puritans of the Old World and the New World. They shared many of the same insights into the nature of the ministry of the Word and its place in the worship of the Church. Their passion for preaching was much the same. The plain style was a common feature — and much else. There is one overriding reason, however, for treating New England separately: their preachers were confronted with a very different situation. In England Puritans were a minority, except for a brief period, but in New England they had the responsibility of guiding a whole society. The ministry of the Word in New England had a unique preeminence in a society that looked to it for guidance in all aspects of life. New England expected more of the ministry of the Word than any other society. Professor Stout claims that never before or since has a society listened so intently to so many sermons, supported so many learned and conscientious preachers, or taken the reading and preaching of the Scriptures with such seriousness.1 For this reason we will look at the ministry of the Word in New England separately.2

1. Harry S. Stout, The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986).

2. For general works on New England Puritanism and its preaching, see the following: Sacvan Bercovitch, The American Jeremiad (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1978); Sargent Bush, Jr., The Writings of Thomas Hooker: Spiritual Adventure in Two Worlds (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1980); Emory Elliott, Power and the Pul-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xiii
  • Chapter I - Moderatism 1
  • Chapter II - The Awakenings of Eighteenth-Century Pietism 69
  • Chapter III - New England 168
  • Chapter IV - Preaching in the Austro-Hungarian Empire 294
  • Chapter V - Franciscan Preaching in Spanish California 351
  • Chapter VI - Romanian Orthodoxy under the Turks 367
  • Chapter VII - The Russian Orthodox Church 389
  • Chapter VIII - Scotland 429
  • Chapter IX - Evangelical Anglicanism 541
  • Bibliography 579
  • Index 601
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