Number of sermons read: 8 (98 sermons total--just missed the 100-sermon mark)
Date range: 1850-1896
Authors of interest: Francis Close again.
Running themes: Ritualism; the meaning of "Reformation"; jurisdiction; ceremonial.
Points of interest: Well, this trip certainly blew a hole in my plan to write the essay in chronological format--reasons for disliking Catholicism don't change between the 1820s and the 1890s. Instead, we have shifts of emphasis depending on the provocation at hand; for example, the Ritualist movement provokes discussions of ceremonial and typology, Leo XIII's "Apostolicæ Curæ" provokes discussions of spiritual jurisdiction, and so forth. But the basic arguments against the RCC don't alter. That being said, Dissenters, High Church Anglicans, and Evangelicals all stake out different positions (such as, for example, different positions on why the Reformation was important and what its key principles were). It's also interesting that the "rhythm" of anti-Catholic sermons doesn't match the rhythm of anti-Catholic fiction and non-sermon propaganda, both of which are still going strong when the sermons themselves taper off.