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Politics and the Paul's Cross Sermons, 1558–1642$
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Mary Morrissey

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571765

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571765.001.0001

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Preaching against the Church of Rome: Anti-Catholicism and Anti-Popery

Preaching against the Church of Rome: Anti-Catholicism and Anti-Popery

(p.160) 6 Preaching against the Church of Rome: Anti-Catholicism and Anti-Popery
Politics and the Paul's Cross Sermons, 1558–1642

Mary Morrissey

Oxford University Press

Beginning with an examination of John Jewel’s famous ‘Challenge’ sermon of 1559, this chapter argues that Paul’s Cross preachers avoided complex theological questions by concentrating on the reliability of Protestant and Catholic clerics as teachers. These sermons adopt the ‘confutational’ genre: they do not explain doctrine, but exhort the hearers to avoid an error. London’s conversion to Protestantism can be gauged by anti-Catholic preaching at Paul’s Cross: before the 1570s, sermons often made the denunciation of Catholicism their main subject; thereafter, ‘anti-popery’ at Paul’s Cross became conventional, cut off from polemics and designed merely to reassure the hearers that they stood on the right side of the religious divide.

Keywords:   challenge controversy, anti-popery, anti-Catholicism, polemic, confutation

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