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The Dissenters Volume IIIThe Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity$
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Michael R. Watts

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.001.0001

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‘We must not leave Satan … to provide the recreations of life’

‘We must not leave Satan … to provide the recreations of life’

The Problem of Pleasure

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The Dissenters Volume III

Michael R. Watts

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how Nonconformist churches sought ways to counter the rival attractions of the world and of other churches in the second half of the nineteenth century. Most Nonconformist churches tried to enliven their services with attractive music and stirring sermons. Especially noteworthy was the changed attitude of the churches towards sport. For much of the century, Nonconformists regarded the watching and playing of games as a frivolous waste of time. However, most churches came to the conclusion that it was better to try to meet the demand for amusements, rather than to condemn it.

Keywords:   chapel services, entertainment, church services, music, sermons

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