|Keep, David J. “The Theology of Charles Kingsley’s
Village Sermons,” The Evangelical Quarterly Vol. LIII, No. 4 (Oct-Dec
Keep examines Kingsley’s sermons to the congregation at Eversley during
the relatively unstable social and political period 1849-1854, the time
Kingsley’s own radical views and writing were at their peak. He declares
that though these village sermons were clearly written and free from theological
jargon they were on the whole not very extremist nor exciting. They
were particularly limited “in their failure to deal with the profound theological
questions posed by unitarianism and the questions raised by higher criticism”
(214). However, they did reveal “an optimistic eschatology that God
was working through technological progress and that change should be welcomed”
Kingsley as; Eversley; Religion;
Muller, Charles H. “The Christian Didactics and the
Sermons of Charles Kingsley,” Communiqué Vol.
9, No. 1 (1984): 14-44.
In a lengthy article Muller declares that Kingsley the preacher was
essentially a teacher. He examines Kingsley’ style of preaching,
his didactic methodology, and his socio-theological didactics. He
declares that Kingsley was a forceful and emotional preacher, sometimes
dynamic and dramatic, but frequently lacking in incisive intellectual argumentation.
When he expounded Scripture and taught about God, whether he preached to
the unsophisticated in Eversley or to royals at the Chapel Royal or Windsor
he was invariably didactic. He was consistent in his didactic material:
“the statutes of a loving but just God. God is often revealed as
severe and terribly exacting. But there are times when God is seen
as the author of benevolence and mercy” (33). Muller declares that
the didactic purpose of Kingsley’s sermons is primarily ethical-moral.
“It teaches, essentially, that there can be no change in the social order,
no purposeful progress towards the perfect realization of God’s kingdom
on earth, without a spiritual revolution first taking place within the
heart and life of the individual. Freedom from sin will mean a new
spiritual democracy, when men have the strength to resist sin and choose
the right” (39).
Kingsley as; Didacticism; Religion.
Muller, Charles H. Two Sermons of Charles
Kingsley (Pietersburg, South Africa: University of the North, 1979).
This is the text of two previously unpublished sermon manuscripts from
the Morris L. Parrish Collection, Princeton University Library. Muller,
the transcriber, notes Kingsley’s strong vein of compassion pervading the
sermons. The first, originally preached at Eversley in 1846, stresses that
God does not just belong to some far off eschatological future but that
he is at hand in people’s normal daily life. The second sermon, preached
in 1851 at a child’s funeral, also focuses on a comforting God’s presence
in everyday life. Muller discusses the influence of F.D. Maurice’s
teachings on Kingsley’s “understanding of the present relevance of divine
Providence, and of the Kingdom of God as a present and spreading reality”
(3). Carlyle was another important influence. Muller also discusses
the style and the composition of these two sermons. Though they were manifestly
quickly and carelessly written, probably very shortly before delivery,
“Kingsley’s spoken words, as recorded in the sermons, must have had an
almost magical, and very dramatic, effect on his congregation. In
each case the emotional climax shows how directly they came from the heart”(5).