I'm writing an essay and I'm comparing a speaker's work to a writers work. My transition is "Edwards was not the only (insert word) that spread his Puritan beliefs in his works. Anne Bradstreet illustrates the Puritans' plainness..." At the moment I have "literary figure" written, but I'm wondering if there is a better word for it.

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    Christians generally refer to a person who pronounces a sermon to a congregation as a "preacher", not a "lector"; a "lector" is usually the person who reads the Biblical verses appointed for the occasion. Jan 28, 2017 at 18:32
  • @StoneyB ok, but do you have a word that refers to both a speaker and writer is what I am asking.
    – cbeen
    Jan 28, 2017 at 18:36
  • Is the word "apologist" applicable to Puritans? ("Apologist" has a technical meaning of "a person who writes or speaks in [defense] of a belief, a cause, or a person's life.")
    – Jasper
    Jan 28, 2017 at 18:43
  • Were both of these people "evangelists"?
    – Jasper
    Jan 28, 2017 at 18:46
  • You could use proponent - it means, loosely "someone who argues for or advocates something".
    – stangdon
    Jan 28, 2017 at 21:09

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Edwards was not the only proselytizer that spread his Puritan beliefs through his works.

One who seeks to convert people to his or her beliefs.

Perhaps writings is better than works...Just a thought.

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    "Works" has an awkward (unintended) double meaning in this sentence. Besides meaning "things you say or write", it also means "all the things you do or achieve". The Puritans were heavily influenced by Calvinism. Calvinism opposed the Catholic idea that "good works" could help a person achieve "salvation".
    – Jasper
    Jan 28, 2017 at 18:54
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    Works should be avoided, for the reason given by @Jasper; but writings excludes Edwards' speech to auditors, which seems to contradict what OP is looking for. How about 'words'? Jan 28, 2017 at 19:49
  • They were probably sermons, then.
    – Lambie
    Jan 30, 2017 at 17:25

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