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date: 08 December 2019

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This article examines Scottish sermons from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. It describes how the sermon was used to convey the new truths of reformed religion to the layman. It discusses how Scottish preachers drew from new thinking in Scottish universities and from contemporary treatises on preaching and sermon composition. It considers the sermons of Hugh Blair, the most successful sermon-writer in eighteenth-century Scotland. In nineteenth-century Scotland, the sermon continued to be the central tenet of worship in the Church of Scotland but more and more it was great oratory that drew the crowds. As the power of the Evangelicals increased there was much greater emphasis on extempore sermons and as a result, printed sermons no longer formed a very reliable source for the preaching of the day.

Keywords: sermons, religious reform, Scottish preachers, preaching, Evangelicals, Hugh Blair

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