The Preacher and Profane Learning

Noam Reisner*

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This article identifies the patterns that help define what forms 'profane' learning. It discusses some individual preachers and their classical intellect, and how they exploited profane learning in a variety of different contexts in their sermons. The article also considers the actual impact of profane learning on preaching and the different degrees of profanity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743603
ISBN (Print)9780199237531
StatePublished - 18 Sep 2012


  • Classical intellect
  • Degrees of profanity
  • Preaching
  • Profane learning


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