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Anthony, Benjamin Jay.
Christ in Boston: The Death and Afterlife of Phillips Brooks.
Degree: PhD, Religion, 2015, Vanderbilt University
In 1893 Phillips Brooks died the best-known preacher of his generation and a beloved pastor to the city of Boston. His death abbreviated his life but not his influence. A diverse archive preserved memories of him and his preaching. This project uncovers the ways that these documents and their reception have contributed to an “afterlife” for Brooks. This dissertation investigates four bodies of literature that form the basis of this afterlife: (1) speeches related to his consecration to the episcopate; (2) the memorial addresses prepared after his death; (3) Alexander V.G. Allen’s Life and Letters of Phillips Brooks, the first and longest biography written about Brooks; and (4) Brooks’s Lectures on Preaching and citations of the “truth through personality” definition lifted from that text. The claim of this dissertation is that print made memories of Brooks durable in a way that promised an immortality that ultimately could not be sustained. Michel de Certeau’s theory of historiography enables an examination of this “immortality” and its eventual decay. The result is a series of essays that blend historiography and theology into a display of the exceptional but still mortal personality of Phillips Brooks.
Advisors/Committee Members: Ted A. Smith (committee member), Robin M. Jenson (committee member), Bruce T. Morrill (committee member), Mark D. Jordan (committee member), John S. McClure (Committee Chair).
Subjects/Keywords: truth through personality; preaching; homiletics; Phillips Brooks
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APA (6th Edition):
Anthony, B. J. (2015). Christ in Boston: The Death and Afterlife of Phillips Brooks. (Doctoral Dissertation). Vanderbilt University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12879
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Anthony, Benjamin Jay. “Christ in Boston: The Death and Afterlife of Phillips Brooks.” 2015. Doctoral Dissertation, Vanderbilt University. Accessed April 14, 2021.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Anthony, Benjamin Jay. “Christ in Boston: The Death and Afterlife of Phillips Brooks.” 2015. Web. 14 Apr 2021.
Anthony BJ. Christ in Boston: The Death and Afterlife of Phillips Brooks. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Vanderbilt University; 2015. [cited 2021 Apr 14].
Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12879.
Council of Science Editors:
Anthony BJ. Christ in Boston: The Death and Afterlife of Phillips Brooks. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Vanderbilt University; 2015. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12879