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Ideological Hesitancy in Spain 1700-1750$
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Ivy L. McClelland

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780853230977

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317323

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The Psychological Significance of Pulpit Oratory

The Psychological Significance of Pulpit Oratory

(p.86) Chapter 4 The Psychological Significance of Pulpit Oratory
Ideological Hesitancy in Spain 1700-1750
Liverpool University Press

In Spain, an intellectual re-appraisal of the quality and manner of religious preaching was of prime emotional concern to the vulgo, but related only incidentally to major surveys of the new meaning of reason in science and philosophy. The exteriorisation of a complexity of mental bewilderment raised by the Renaissance question ‘What is reality?’ took various outer forms, including an elaborate conversion into ever more elaborate figures of speech, inductive reasoning, and scientific plainspokenness. The ornate rhetoric of Baroque preachers was apparently at its most extreme in Spain. Pulpit oratory was similar to the oratory of drama in which actors, preachers, and statesmen, until at least the early twentieth century, often attempted to gain attention through elaborate mannerisms of word-resonance and fancy figures of speech. Preachers probably developed theatrical techniques based on the very tradition of arranging sermons in clearly defined Parts or Puntos.

Keywords:   Spain, religious preaching, vulgo, preachers, sermons, figures of speech, pulpit oratory, rhetoric

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