I: INTRODUCTORY ESSAYS; II: SERMONS: COMMUNITIES, CULTURES AND COMMUNICATION; III: OCCASIONAL SERMONS; IV: SERMONS, CONTROVERSIES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF IDEAS; V SERMONS: MISSIONS AND IDEAS OF EMPIRE; VI: SERMONS AND LITERATURE
Keith Francis is a historian of religion in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is particularly interested in the development of the biological sciences and their impact on nineteenth-century Christianity. He is the Executive Secretary of the American Society of Church History and a visiting research fellow at Oxford Brookes University. William Gibson is a historian of religion in Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, he has written widely on the Church of England in this period and is particularly interested in its role in politics and the emergence of an enlightenment culture. He is Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Oxford Brookes University and Director of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History. He is co-editor of Wesley and Methodist Studies and reviews editor of Archives (the journal of the British Records Association). In 2011 he was visiting research fellow at Yale University. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Association and of the Royal Society of Arts.
the contributors have succeeded in demonstrating how an apparently commonplace and ephemeral aspect of the social and religious culture of Britain offers important insights into how that culture understood its own purposes and place in the world. * Charles W. A. Prior, Journal of Church and State * an outstanding work of accessible scholarship, richly annotated ... [Francis] and Gibson are to be congratulated: present and future students of the subject will turn to their handbook as the first port of call. * Michael Wheeler, Church Times * Welcome to the expanding world of Sermon Studies. In this mighty have history, analysis and critical reflection upon the sermon as a distinctive, art form throughout two significant centuries of English history. * William H. Willimon, Theology * It is a magisterial work in every sense. It is superbly presented with more than 30 contributors; it contains all you could possibly want to know about the sermon during the "golden age" of church going. * Peter Watkins, the Reader *