Nature's scourges: the natural world and special prayers, fasts and thanksgivings, 1541-1866

Alasdair Raffe

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Abstract

This paper surveys the full history of special prayers, fasts and thanksgivings called by ecclesiastical authorities in response to disease, meteorological events, fire, earthquakes and successful or failed harvests during the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It is based on the little studied proclamations and acts supporting special days, and the prayers issued to be read in English, Welsh and Irish Churches. These provide new evidence of the continuity into the modern period of ideas concerning God's providential government of the natural world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGod's bounty?: the churches of the natural world
Place of PublicationSaffron Walden
PublisherEcclesiastical History Society
Pages237-247
Volume46
ISBN (Print)978-0954680961
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameStudies in Church History
PublisherEcclesiastical History Society / Boydell & Brewer Ltd.

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