Primary Sources

Digital Resources

The Digital Puritan
The Mather Project
Sermon Notebooks Online
Southern Manuscript Sermons before 1800: A Bibliography
Works of Jonathan Edwards Online

Print Bibliography

Barker, William S. and Samuel T. Logan, Jr., eds. Sermons that Shaped America: Reformed Preaching from 1630 to 2001. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 2003.

Bond, Edward L., ed. Spreading the Gospel in Colonial Virginia: Sermons and Devotional Writings. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2004.

Bosco, Ronald A., ed. The Puritan Sermon in America, 1630-1750. 4 vols. Delmar, NY: Scholars’ Facsimiles & Reprints, 1978.

Bushman, Richard L., ed. The Great Awakening: Documents on the Revival of Religion, 1740-1745. New York: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Va. [by] Atheneum, 1970.

Heimert, Alan and Perry Miller, eds. The Great Awakening: Documents Illustrating the Crisis and Its Consequences. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Educational Publishing, 1967.

Kidd, Thomas S., ed. The Great Awakening: A Brief History with Documents. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008.

Levernier, James A. and Douglas R. Wilmes, eds. Sermons and Cannonballs: Eleven Sermons on Military Events of Historical Significance during the French and Indian Wars, 1689-1760. Delmar, NY: Scholars’ Facsimiles & Reprints, 1982.

Mather, Increase. Departing Glory: Eight Jeremiads of Increase Mather. Ed. Lee Schweninger. Delmar, NY: Scholars’ Facsimiles & Reprints, 1986.

Sandoz, Ellis, ed. Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 1730-1805. 2nd ed. 2 vols. Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, 1998.

Smith, Robert. The American Revolution and Righteous Community: Selected Sermons of Bishop Robert Smith. Ed. Charles Wilbanks. Charleston, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2007.

Smith, Timothy L., ed. Whitefield and Wesley on the New Birth. Grand Rapids, Mich: Francis Asbury Press, 1986.

Warner, Michael, ed. American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Library of America, 1999.

Secondary Sources


Christianity and Literature
Church History
Early American Literature
Journal of Southern Religion
Literature and Theology
Religion and Literature

Print bibliography

Ahearn, Marie L. The Rhetoric of War: Training Day, the Militia, and the Military Sermon. New York: Greenwood, 1989.

Andrews, Edward E. Native Apostles: Black and Indian Missionaries in the British Atlantic World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013.

Benton, Robert M. “An Annotated Check List of Puritan Sermons Published in Ameirca before 1700.” Bulletin of the New York Public Library 74 (1970): 286-337.

Bercovitch, Sacvan. The American Jeremiad. 2nd ed. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012.

Brekus, Catherine A. Strangers & Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1770-1845. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Brooks, Joanna. American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Bross, Kristina. Dry Bones and Indian Sermons: Praying Indians in Colonial America. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Byrd, James P. Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Cray, Robert E. Jr. “James Davenport’s Post-Bonfire Ministry, 1743-1757.” Historian 59.1 (September 1996): 59-73.

Davis, Richard Beale. Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, 1585-1763. Vol. 2. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 1978. 701-800.

Elliott, Emory. Power and the Pulpit in Puritan New England. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1975.

Gordis, Lisa M. Opening Scripture: Bible Reading and Interpretive Authority in Puritan New England. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Graves, Michael P. Preaching the Inward Light: Early Quaker Rhetoric. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2009.

Gustafson, Sandra M. Eloquence Is Power: Oratory & Performance in Early America. Chapel Hill: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Hall, Timothy. Contested Boundaries: Itineracy and the Reshaping of the Colonial American Religious World. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994.

Heimert, Alan. Religion and the American Mind, from the Great Awakening to the Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1966.

Holland, Dewitte, ed. Preaching in American History: Selected Issues in the American Pulpit, 1630-1967. New York: Abingdon, 1969.

Jackson, Gregory S. “America’s First Mass Media: Preaching and the Protestant Sermon Tradition.” In A Companion to the Literatures of Colonial America. Ed. Susan Castillo and Ivy Schweitzer. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. 402-25.

Jackson, Harvey H. “Hugh Bryan and the Evangelical Movement in Colonial South Carolina,” William and Mary Quarterly 43.4 (Oct 1986): 594-614.

Kidd, Thomas S. God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution. New York: Basic Books, 2010.

Kidd, Thomas S. The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007.

Lambert, Frank. Inventing the “Great Awakening”. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Larson, Rebecca. Daughters of Light: Quaker Women Preaching and Prophesying in the Colonies and Abroad, 1700-1775. New York: Knopf, 1999.

Levy, Babette May. Preaching in the First Half Century of New England History. Hartford, CT: American Society of Church History, 1945.

Linck, Joseph C. Fully Instructed and Vehemently Influenced: Catholic Preaching in Anglo-Colonial America. Philadelphia, PA: St. Joseph’s University Press, 2002.

Mahaffey, Jerome D. Preaching Politics: The Religious Rhetoric of George Whitefield and the Founding of a New Nation. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007.

McLoughlin, William G. Isaac Backus and the American Pietistic Tradition. Boston: Little, Brown, 1967.

Miller, Perry. The New England Mind. 2 vols. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1953-54.

Neuman, Meredith Marie. Jeremiah’s Scribes: Creating Sermon Literature in Puritan New England. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.

Seay, Scott D. Hanging Between Heaven and Earth: Capital Crime, Execution Preaching, and Theology in Early New England. Dekalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2009.

Seeman, Erik. Pious Persuasions: Laity and Clergy in Eighteenth-Century New England. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Southern, Eileen, and Josephine Wright, eds. African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance, 1600s-1920: An Annotated Bibliography of Literature, Collections, and Artwork. New York: Greenwood, 1990.

Stout, Harry S. The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Toulouse, Teresa. The Art of Prophesying: New England Sermons and the Shaping of Belief. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1987.

van Eijtnatten, Joris. Preaching, Sermon, and Cultural Change in the Long Eighteenth Century. Boston: Brill, 2009.

Weber, Donald. Rhetoric and History in Revolutionary New England. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Winiarski, Douglas L. “Jonathan Edwards, Enthusiast? Radical Revivalism and the Great Awakening in the Connecticut Valley.” Church History 74.7 (December 2005): 638-739.