IN GOD'S NAME by John -- Ed. Chandos

IN GOD'S NAME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In God's Name is a collection of sermons preached in England from the Act of Supremacy to the Act of Uniformity (1534 to 1662); that is, during the formative period of the Church of England, under the Tudors, the Stuarts, and Cromwell. There is the expected sprinkling of great names -- Hugh Latimer, John Donne, William Laud, etc. -- but also a generous portion of relative unknowns. What all these men had in common was an uncommon ability to use the sermon as a tool, and sometimes as a bludgeon, in the realm not only of religion, but also of politics and social reform. John Chandos explains all these things clearly in his prefatory outline of English religious history during the period, and in the remarks which precede the sermons of each contributor, where the preacher and his words are situated within the social, political and religious context of their time. Even the most piously diligent reader, however, will be wearied by the bizarre orthography of Tudor and Stuart England, by the preachers' predilection for lengthy and ubiquitous quotations from the Latin (and even the Greek), and by the climate of vituperation which pervades the book as thoroughly as it did the era. For the specialist, only.

Pub Date: June 16th, 1971
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill