The Preaching of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

The Preaching of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen : The Gospel Meets the Cold War

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This rhetorical study seeks to understand how and why Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's preaching was so persuasive to the people of his day. Though many associate Sheen with his five years on prime time television in the 1950s, it was the decades he spent preaching that wrought a religious tone to the Cold War and led the way in a national renewal of more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739142623
  • 9780739142622
  • 1,205,060

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Few preachers have stirred souls and moved hearts as did Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. I am happy to recommend Father Timothy Sherwood's The Preaching of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He does a splendid job of focusing on the Archbishop's preaching, rhetorical skill, and Christian vision. A good read of this book will help everyone understand how and why Archbishop Sheen influenced generations of American Catholics and non-Catholics alike. -- Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York Finally, we have a book that examines Sheen's preaching style in detail. Sheen made a significant, but mainly unexplored, contribution to American rhetoric. It is especially interesting that Sherwood focuses on the Good Friday sermons. This is a treasure for researchers because the sermons span five decades of his preaching in New York City that have never been examined before. An enjoyable and scholarly read, Sherwood places Sheen's rhetoric in the context of Cold War America, sharing insights on the persuasive interaction between speaker and audience and providing the key to Sheen's immense popularity. -- Christopher Lynch, Kean University, author of Selling Catholicism: Bishop Sheen and the Power of Television One welcome aspect of Sherwood's book is its reminder of just how substantive Fulton Sheen's messages were-over the airwaves and from the pulpit. While sheen tailored his messages to appeal to broad audiences, he could never be accused of preaching to the "itching of ears". Sherwood demonstrates Sheen's proclivity for drawing parallels between characters and events in the bible with those of his own day. In 1956, Bishop Fulton Sheen appeared as a guest on the TV show What's My Line? Timothy Sherwood's book makes clear that the correct answer to that question was "Preacher." For that, Sherwood is to be commended. Books and Cultureshow more

About Timothy H. Sherwood

Father Timothy Sherwood is pastor of St. Raphael Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, more

Table of contents

Table of Contents Preface Introduction 1. Pulpit and Homiletics 2. Audience and Message 3. Truth and Consequencesshow more