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Lost at Sea

Tools for Navigation: Sermons and Prayers

Early modern believers and theological writers represented the sea as a space of divine power and revelation.

James Janeway. A token for mariners. London, 1721

The clergyman James Janeway’s publications typified seventeenth-century efforts to combine realistic sea-stories with Providential theology. In A Token for Mariners, Janeway brought together accurate historical narratives with Providential interpretations. He also provided ready-made prayers and sermons for events at sea, from shipwreck to victory in battle. This image shows a shipwreck in the Providentialist view: the ship is in danger, the men are clinging to a broken mast, but the eye of God looks unblinking down to control everything.


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Thomas Jackson. The Raging Tempest Stilled. London, 1623

John Davenport. The saints anchor-hold in all storms and tempests. London, 1661

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