Some of Parker's most significant sermons/speeches are listed below. Most of them
have been referred to in the preceding text.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"A Sermon Of Merchants." At the Melodeon, Parker delivered a|
sermon wherein he laid much of the blame for society's ills on the