Beyond Religious Discourse
Sermons, Preaching, and Evangelical Protestants in Nineteenth-Century Irish Society
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"This is a work of impressive scholarship that adds significantly to our understanding of evangelical Protestantism in nineteenth-century Ireland. Ian Dickson has tackled, in fluent and engaging prose, a subject which has been sorely neglected by existing scholars--the sermon. Covering not only the basics of form and content, he also considers the wider and more problematic issue of impact on the evangelical community itself and society as a whole. His conclusions, derived from an analysis of over 600 sermons, contain an impressive insight into the fundamental tensions and insecurities which underlay a seemingly united, and confident, movement."
--Janice Holmes, Open University, Belfast
"The sermon, though central to the culture of Evangelical Christianity, has been singularly neglected as a topic for thorough research. Ian Dickson, however, has broken the silence on the subject. His analysis of the place of preaching in nineteenth-century Ireland may stand as a model for others imitate in the scrutiny of different places and periods."
--Sean Connolly, Queen's University, Belfast
"While the orality of popular Protestantism's noisy past can never be fully recovered, Ian Dickson's splendidly comprehensive and articulate book on evangelical sermons gets closer than anyone else before him to understanding the most ubiquitous form of discourse of nineteenth-century Irish Protestants."
--David Hempton, Harvard School of Divinity