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Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558-1688$
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Barbara J. Shapiro

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783620

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783620.001.0001

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The Sermon and Political Education

The Sermon and Political Education

(p.166) Chapter Seven The Sermon and Political Education
Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558-1688
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This chapter describes the role of the sermon in political discussion. The sermon was the genre to which people of all ages and classes were most often exposed. Paul's Cross sermons attacked Roman Catholicism. These sermons were politically influential despite the fact that most did not deal with explicitly political topics. Gunpowder Day sermons underlined the belief that England's nationhood was tied to Protestantism. The January 30 sermons honored the martyred king, supported doctrines of obedience and passive resistance, and condemned those who had supported the civil war and the execution of Charles I. Some sermons also talked about the divine origin and authority of kings, others of judges, and still others of magistrates. In general, sermons of all kinds contained the political doctrines most frequently voiced highlighting the divine status of monarchy, the dangers of disobedience and rebellion, and the errors of Roman Catholic and dissenting doctrines.

Keywords:   political discussion, Paul's Cross sermons, Roman Catholicism, Gunpowder Day sermons, Protestantism, January 30 sermons, political doctrines, monarchy

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