Dominic Janes is Professor of History in the School of Humanities at Keele University. He is a cultural historian who studies texts and visual images relating to Britain in its local and international contexts since the eighteenth century. Within this sphere he focuses on the histories of gender, sexuality, and religion.
Janes’s paper, “Building ‘Religion’ in Victorian Britain,” rethinks the position of material culture in relation to the category of “religion” in Victorian Britain, considering the boundaries between religious and secular realms in relation to discourses of the “sacred” and the “profane.” He will focus on the attitudes toward material and visual cultures of worship by a leading Baptist preacher and author, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92).
The Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections curates a collection of over 200 Spurgeon’s sermons from his time at New Park Street Chapel, covering topics ranging from biblical personages to the ways of salvation. George W. Truett Theological Seminary, located on the Baylor campus, also has proof sheets of a Spurgeon sermon, edited by Spurgeon himself.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Sunday evening, 2 June 1884. Proof sheets with handwritten revisions and marginalia.
Courtesy of Joel C. Gregory, Professor of Preaching, George W. Truett Endowed Chair in Preaching and Evangelism, George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
The back of one of the sermon proof pages also contains the following undated note in Spurgeon’s hand, a quotation from George Herbert’s “The Church-Porch.” The above image duplicates the note that is now covered by the frame.
Lust and wine plead a pleasure, avarice gain:
But the cheap swearer through his open sluce
Lets his soul runne for nought, as little fearing.
Were I an Epicure, I could bate swearing. (10.3-6)
Three Arrows from the Quiver of the Pastors' College: Being Three Papers Read at the College Conference, 1871. London: Passmore and Alabaster, .
These three papers read at Pastors’ College, London, were delivered by C. A. Davis, W. Anderson, and S. M. Honan. The Evangelical Christian theological college was renamed Spurgeon’s College in honor of its founder.
Letter from Alfred Moulton-Barrett to Henrietta Cook. [7 August 1850].
This letter, from one of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s brothers to one of her sisters, contains a long poem about the inhabitants of London. Among the many inhabitants of London, Alfred Moulton-Barrett mentions the Baptists.
The “gov’nor” lay snug in his cot,
Held fast in sleep most sound,
Unconscious of the secret plot
That compass’d him around.
. . .
Perchance of rates that sore oppress
The Baptist and the Quaker
Of toiling “Planters” in distress,
And “Storm” who’s at Jamaica:
William James Early Bennett. A Pastoral Letter to the Parishioners of Frome in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. London: Joseph Masters; Frome: J.T. Allen, 1852.
William J.E. Bennett. A First Letter to the Right Honourable Lord John Russell, M.P. on the Present Persecution of a Certain Portion of the English Church. With a Sermon, Preached at S. Paul's, Knightsbridge, on Sunday Morning and Evening, November 17, 1850. London, W.J. Cleaver, 1850.
Judgment Delivered by the Right Hon. Sir Robert Phillimore in the Case of the Office of the Judge Promoted by Sheppard v. Bennett. London: Rivingtons, 1870.
- Exhibition Text by Melinda Creech