American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King Jr.

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The sermon is the first and most enduring genre of American literature. The essential medium of the Puritan settlements, it continued in succeeding centuries to play a vital role - as public ritual, occasion for passion and reflection, and, not least, popular entertainment. The 58 sermons collected in this volume display the form's eloquence, intellectual rigor, and spiritual fervor. Ranging from the first New England settlements to mass-media evangelism and the civil rights movement in the 1960s, these texts ...
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Overview

The sermon is the first and most enduring genre of American literature. The essential medium of the Puritan settlements, it continued in succeeding centuries to play a vital role - as public ritual, occasion for passion and reflection, and, not least, popular entertainment. The 58 sermons collected in this volume display the form's eloquence, intellectual rigor, and spiritual fervor. Ranging from the first New England settlements to mass-media evangelism and the civil rights movement in the 1960s, these texts reclaim a neglected aspect of American literature.
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A rousing collection, these 58 sermons gathered from three centuries of American history constitute an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the development of American religious thought.
Ron Charles
...[T]his volumeNo. 108is another invaluable addition to the country's most comprehensive literary series. —The Christian Science Monitor
New York Times Book Review
To peruse this work is to become reacquainted with the literary eloquence of our distant and recent past and to observe what has happened to rhetoric itself over the centuries.
NY Times Book Review
To peruse this work is to become reacquainted with the literary eloquence of our distant and recent past and to observe what has happened to rhetoric itself over the centuries.
Library Journal
Library of Americas latest tome rounds up in chronological order 58 sermons, from Robert Cushmans address to the colony of Plimmoth in New England in 1621 to Kings 1968 Ive been to the mountaintop speech. This also includes biographical notes and notes on the texts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883011659
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 939
  • Sales rank: 1,443,211
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Warner is professor of English at Rutgers University. His most recent works include American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King, and his essays and journalism have appeared in the Village Voice, the Nation, and other magazines.

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Table of Contents

A Sermon Preached at Plimmoth in New-England December 9. 1621 1
A Modell of Christian Charity 28
from The Way of Life, 4. The Life of Faith Gal. 2.20. Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me 44
from The Paterne of Perfection: Of Gods Image in the Affections 54
from The Application of Redemption, the Ninth and Tenth Books: Book X, Doctine 3. Application of special sins by the Ministry, is a means to bring men to sight of, and sorrow for them 64
from The Parable of the Ten Virgins Opened & Applied: Of Carnal Security in Virgin Churches 77
Of Ineffectual Hearing the Word 94
Nehemiah on the Wall in Troublesom Times 119
A Brief Recognition of New-Englands Errand into the Wilderness 151
Sermon Occasioned by the Execution of a Man Found Guilty of Murder 172
from The Wonders of the Invisible World: An Hortatory and Necessary Address. To a Country now Extraordinarly Alarum'd by the Wrath of the Devil 195
The Tryal of Assurance 215
A Man of Reason 227
from The Case of Satan's Fiery Darts in Blasphemous Suggestions and Hellish Annoyances: Job II: 9, 10. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine Integrity? 245
Man's Life Considered Under the Similitude of a Vapour, That Appeareth for a Little Time, and Then Vanisheth Away 282
A Discourse on the Present Vileness of the Body and Its Future Glorious Change by Christ 308
A Divine and Supernatural Light 325
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God 347
A Sermon Concerning the Intellectual World 365
A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers 380
The Nature and Universality of Spiritual Death 422
The Madness of Mankind 443
A Sermon in Praise of Swearing 458
A Sermon Preached at Cambridge 468
The Dignity of Man 490
The Nature of Love to Christ, and the Danger of Not Loving Him, Opened and Explained 513
Universal Salvation, A Very Ancient Doctrine: With Some Account of the Life and Character of Its Author 531
A Thanksgiving Sermon: Preached January 1, 1808, In St. Thomas's, or the African Episcopal, Church, Philadelphia: On Account of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade, On That Day, by the Congress of the United States 538
Sermon Delivered at Darby, April 15, 1827 546
A Discourse at the Ordination of the Rev. Frederick A. Farley ("Likeness to God") 551
Sermon Delivered September 9, 1832 ("The Lord's Supper Sermon") 572
Sermon Delivered April 7, 1844 ("King Follett Sermon") 584
A Sermon of War 600
Abuses and Uses of the Bible 630
The Shadow of a Great Rock in a Weary Land, as recorded by James V. Watson 640
Peace, Be Still 645
War With Amalek! 665
On Being Born Again 674
The Dogma of Hell 680
The Ministry of Tears 693
Sermon Delivered August 2, 1885 704
The Seriousness of Life 712
A Resemblance and a Contrast: Between the American Negro and the Children of Israel in Egypt, or the Duty of the Negro to Contend Earnestly for his Rights Guaranteed under the Constitution 723
History and Faith 742
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit 756
The Most Wonderful Sentence Ever Written 762
Shall the Fundamentalists Win? 775
Food for a Hungry World 787
The Vision Splendid 794
The Sermon: as heard by Zora Neale Hurston, at Eau Gallie in Florida, May 3, 1929 801
You Are Accepted 808
The Providence of God 817
The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest 826
How to Have a Good Time 835
Transformed Nonconformist 841
The Unbelief of the Christian 849
What We Might Do Together 862
Sermon Delivered April 3, 1968 ("I've Been To the Mountaintop") 876
Note on the Sermon Form 889
Biographical Notes 892
Note on the Texts 924
Notes 930
Index of Preachers 939
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