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date: 06 December 2019

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This article attempts to paint a picture parish preaching in the eighteenth century. Most parsons developed a corpus of sermons that they used over and over. Those sermons focused on sin and judgment, obedience to God, hardships in the here and now, and the rewards of the afterlife. At their worst, parish sermons were repetitive and rudimentary, but at their best, they could be rhapsodic and soaring, and undoubtedly moving and meaningful to congregants. They were an important part of worship, because it was a truism that people were more apt to attend a service with a sermon than prayers alone.

Keywords: parish preaching, preachers, sermons, sin, judgment, obedience, afterlife

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