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Out of the Mouths of BabesGirl Evangelists in the Flapper Era$
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Thomas A. Robinson and Lanette D. Ruff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790876.001.0001

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Preaching as Performance

Preaching as Performance

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(p.118) Chapter 12 Preaching as Performance
Source:
Out of the Mouths of Babes
Author(s):

Thomas A. Robinson

Lanette D. Ruff

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790876.003.0012

This chapter discusses the key activity of the girl evangelists – preaching. Various newspaper reports mention the skill of the girl as a speaker, the length of the sermon (often long), and the attention of the audience. The sermon topics are drawn from the stock sermons of revivalist preachers: sin and salvation, the Second Coming of Jesus, attacks on religious modernism and secularism, in particular, the theory of evolution. Girls also spoke against modern fashions and morals, though often they were too young to have experienced much of life themselves. Ands almost always, one sermon dealt with their life story and their call. This would have given them unique sermon material and set them apart from other revivalists – young or old. Sometimes the girls address faith healing too. The chapter also discusses the style of the girls’ preaching.

Keywords:   sermons, sin and salvation, second coming of Jesus, modern fashions and morals, life story, evolution, faith healing

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