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

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CHAPTER IX
Evangelical Anglicanism

The preaching of the Evangelical Anglicans was significant in that it nourished the Church.1 Evangelical Anglicanism nourished a large portion of the English church for a long time. While not known for producing great homiletical literature, the Evangelicals did produce preaching which reached the people. Wherever the Church of England produced a solid Evangelical witness, the common people began to return, and yet one has to search out volumes of great Evangelical Anglican sermons. They did not leave many behind. They had no John Donne, no John Tillotson, no John Henry Newman. From a literary standpoint John Newton’s sermons are not especially interesting. They are conscientious enough, to be sure, but the primary impact of his ministry was elsewhere than in the pulpit. Charles Simeon was as faithful a preacher of God’s Word as the Church has ever known. The fruit of his preaching was rich and abundant, yet it is hard to call him a “great preacher” because for the most part he left only sermon outlines rather than actual sermons. Even

1. For more general works on eighteenth-century Anglicanism and its preaching, see Spencer Cecil Carpenter, Eighteenth Century Church and People (London: Murray, 1959); Horton Davies, Worship and Theology in England, 3 vols. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1996); James Downey, The Eighteenth Century Pulpit: A Study of the Sermons of Butler, Berkeley, Secker, Sternas, Whitefield, and Wesley (Oxford: Clarendon, 1969); Charles Hugh Egerton Smyth, The Art of Preaching: A Practical Survey of Preaching in the Church of England, 1747-1939 (London: SPCK; New York: Macmillan, [1940]); and Norman Sykes, From Sheldon to Secker: Aspects of English Church History, 1660-1768 (Cambridge: University Press, 1959).

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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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