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Corporate HolinessPulpit Preaching and the Church of England Missionary Societies, 1760-1870$
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Bob Tennant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567850

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567850.001.0001

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Preaching Liberty: Orphans, Slaves, and Citizenship, 1760–1800

Preaching Liberty: Orphans, Slaves, and Citizenship, 1760–1800

(p.59) 2 Preaching Liberty: Orphans, Slaves, and Citizenship, 1760–1800
Corporate Holiness

Bob Tennant

Oxford University Press

This chapter, which gives special attention to the SPCK, describes how, through the advocacy of Edward Bentham and Josiah Tucker, Butler’s ideas gained ground in building new theories of charity, pedagogy, citizenship, and socio-political emancipation. These were applied in both domestic ministry and missiology. They are exemplified, domestically, by Beilby Porteus’s and Henry Whitfeld’s ground-breaking sermons for the SPG and SPCK and, overseas, in the work of SPCK-sponsored missionaries in the late eighteenth-century. The chapter concludes with three case studies which illustrate the pressures on the SPCK at the end of the century to expand to meet urgent domestic and missionary demands and the successful defence of its constitutional remit and institutional integrity.

Keywords:   Joseph Butler, Edward Bentham, Josiah Tucker, Beilby Porteus, Henry Whitfeld, SPCK, SPG, emancipation

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