The Fast Day Sermons Before the Long Parliament (1640-1660): Their Role in Shaping Intellectual and Political Life in 17th-Century England

The Fast Day Sermons Before the Long Parliament (1640-1660): Their Role in Shaping Intellectual and Political Life in 17th-Century England

By: Stewart A. Dippel (author)Hardback

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This is a remarkable study of rather ordinary people whose religious convictions led them to preach and to do extraordinary things. This work examines the relationships between religion, particularly constructed as the function of leadership framed by religious identities or motivations, and transformations, attempted or effected, of the political order. This work is intended for scholars, at the professional and graduate study level, of early modern religious history. In particular the focus is on England during the mid-seventeenth-century. The general topic is the relationship between revolutions and religion; and, in particular, the role of prophets and prophecies in such crises. It focuses on the institutionalization of the prophetic office, especially with regards to the Long Parliament (1640-1660). The study begins with a discussion of the first parliamentary fast day sermons delivered by Cornelius Burges and Stephan Marshall in November of 1640. The general thesis of the book, then, suggests that the English Civil Wars and Revolution can only be understood in terms of the relationship between religion and crisis, that religion within the context of cultural crisis may best be understood in terms of prophets and their prophecy, and that in the mid-seventeenth-century, England's prophets, who were ordinary preaching folk, developed an analogy between England's situation and that of Old Testament Israel.

About Author

Dr. Stewart A. Dippel is a Professor of Political Science the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. Dr. Dippel received his PhD. In History from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.


Preface; Foreword by David Strain; Acknowledgments; 1. Religion and Revolution:; The first fast day sermons, "This train carries saints and sinners"; 2. Religion and Revolution: The theoretical and historiographical framework; A Theory and Model of Charisma and Prophecy; The Historiography of Religion and Revolution; 3. Parliamentary fast Day Sermons:; The Prophetic Call; Introduction: Hugh Peter as God's prophet to Parliament; The initial crisis: 1641; The crisis deepens in the face of military and attendant political challenges: 1644-45; AND MORE.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773442498
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780773442498
  • ISBN10: 0773442499

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