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Newman's Tractarian Homiletics

Lawrence Poston

The Tractarian Movement in the Church of England--like Anglo-Catholicism in the Episcopal Church--has often been criticized for its presumed de-emphasis of the liturgy of the Word. I attempt to show that Newman's concerns about Evangelical preaching styles, coupled with the Tractarian doctrine of "reserve" enunciated most fully by his contemporary Isaac Williams, derive from his sense that highly emotional preaching drew undue attention to the personality of the preacher and thus detracted from a proper understanding of the role of the sacraments. At the same time, many of his contemporaries attest to Newman's remarkably effective presence in his own preaching, while today's readers of the numerous sermons that survive bear witness to Newman's care in delineating the topic as well as his awareness of the needs of a specific audience.

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