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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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A Divisive Great Awakening Sermon

A Divisive Great Awakening Sermon

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(p.53) 8 A Divisive Great Awakening Sermon
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Early Evangelicalism
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Gilbert Tennent

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.003.0009

This chapter presents excerpts from The Danger of an Unconverted Ministry, Considered in a Sermon on Mark VI.34 (1740), delivered by Gilbert Tennent, a revivalist during the Great Awakening. In his published sermon, Tennent compared unconverted ministers with the Pharisees of the Hebrew Scriptures who demanded rule keeping over piety. He also questioned the ministry of local clerics and proposed that the laity seek alternative spiritual guidance. In doing so, Tennent contributed to the growing tension between those who accepted and rejected the Great Awakening as the work of God.

Keywords:   sermon, Gilbert Tennent, Great Awakening, Pharisees, Hebrew Scriptures, ministry, clerics, laity seek, spiritual guidance, God

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