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Irish Church Missions to Roman Catholics, c.1700-1800

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Sneddon, Andrew (2012) Irish Church Missions to Roman Catholics, c.1700-1800. In: Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon, 1689-1901. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 530-547. ISBN 978-0-19-958359-1 [Book section]

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Eighteenth-Century, Church of Ireland sermons are an under-studied area of Irish religious history, especially those relating to the conversion of the Catholic majority to Protestantism. Using a wide number and range of printed sermons, this article argues that the influential higher clergy were committed to conversion and used their sermons to advertise and support their view of how it should be best achieved; with the brand of conversion scheme adopted contingent upon the political and religious tastes of the individual and the political climate of the day, in particular the prevailing attitude to the Catholic 'problem'. Whatever method was adopted, whether evangelising in Irish, Protestant education or the use of penal legislation, preachers justified it to the political elite gathered before them, in terms of strident, culturally entrenched, anti-Catholicism.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Church of Ireland, sermons, proselytizing, anti-Catholicism, eighteenth-century, improvement, charity schools, charter schools, preaching in Irish, Penal Laws, conversion, Roman Catholic
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
ID Code:23590
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Sneddon
Deposited On:12 Oct 2012 11:20
Last Modified:12 Oct 2012 11:20

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