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Clifford Siskin and William Warner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226761473

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226761466.001.0001

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The Preacher's Footing

The Preacher's Footing

(p.368) The Preacher's Footing
This Is Enlightenment

Michael Warner

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the media culture of evangelical preaching. It raises the following question: what has evangelicalism to do with enlightenment? To many, the intuitive answer is nothing: evangelicalism was if anything an antithesis, a direct reaction against the Enlightenment. However, it is argued that far from being simply a reaction against an already congealed “Enlightenment,” eighteenth-century evangelical practices came into being through many of the same media and norms of discourse. What we now call evangelicalism can be seen as the transformation of older strains of pietism by public-sphere forms. Were these better understood, we might be less puzzled by the alliance of deists and evangelicals that, at the end of the century, gave us disestablishment.

Keywords:   evangelical preaching, evangelicalism, Enlightenment, media, pietism

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