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The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840$
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W. M. Jacob

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.001.0001

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Promoting Christian Knowledge

Promoting Christian Knowledge

(p.236) 9 Promoting Christian Knowledge
The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840

David Albert Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the third key role of clergy: to teach and deepen people's knowledge about the Christian faith. It explores the evidence for the clergy's activity in instructing children in the Christian faith by means of catechizing, and in promoting and managing charity schools, Sunday schools and, in the early 19th century — National Schools. It also considers the evidence for their teaching adults by means of distributing tracts, establishing parochial libraries, and preaching sermons. The evidence of the approach of parish clergy to preaching is examined.

Keywords:   catechism, charity schools, Sunday Schools, National Schools, tracts, libraries, sermons, preaching

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