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The Scandal of Having Something to Say

Ricoeur and the Possibility of Postliberal Preaching

Lance B. Pape

Publication Year: 2012

The Christian sermon—once the chief symbol of authority in Western culture—often appears in the postmodern imagination as synonymous with irrelevancy, biased judgment, and a rejection of absolute truth. While Christian preachers mourn the cultural disintegration of their hallowed practice, Lance B. Pape believes this modern turn enables the preacher to rediscover the sermon. Proclaiming the gospel, he contends, lies not in the cultural acceptance of the message but in God's free act of self-communication. Using Karl Barth's theology of the Word, Hans Frei's hermeneutical method, and, chiefly, Paul Ricoeur's theory of narrative as threefold mimesis, Pape develops a homiletic that recaptures the scandalous intent of the gospel. The Scandal of Having Something to Say then casts the post-liberal preacher as a "surrogate reader" of the biblical text on behalf of the congregation and opens new avenues for practice through the analysis and critique of two sermons.

Published by: Baylor University Press


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pp. 1-1

Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

This book owes much to my days in the graduate division of Religion at Emory University, and, in more ways than I know how to name, its ideas are a product of the teachers and colleagues I enjoyed there. among the latter, Matthew Flemming was especially influential. ...

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1. The Scandal of Having Something to Say

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pp. 1-16

This book explores how scriptural language and sermonic language participate in God’s free act of self-communication. I begin with some theological reflections on the contemporary context that motivates this project. ...

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2. Hans Frei on How to Read during an Eclipse

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pp. 17-48

Behind every christian sermon worthy of the name is a preacher reading the Bible.1 or, in the language of the previous chapter, the prospect of the christian preacher “having something to say” to the human situation from beyond the human situation turns on the promise of the Bible as a resource for mediating such a Word. ...

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3. Paul Ricoeur and the World of the Text

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pp. 49-80

Paul Ricoeur’s philosophy of language and interpretation theory will be explored in depth. Though Ricoeur’s hermeneutical thought has been explicated in connection to both Barth and Frei,1 it has not been sufficiently appreciated in the field of homiletics.2 ...

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4. A Ricoeurian Revision of Postliberal Homiletics

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pp. 81-120

Ricoeur’s hermeneutical project is able to redress a number of problems that surface when Frei’s approach is applied to preaching. Toward this end, Ricoeur’s hermeneutics must first be developed in relation to both biblical discourse generally and narrative in particular. ...

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5. Preaching as Threefold Mimesis

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pp. 121-146

Ricoeur’s approach to interpretation supplies resources for a more compelling account of the text-to-sermon process than is currently available in the homiletical literature. in particular, his understanding of the hermeneutical encounter with narrative texts as threefold mimesis is enlightening at two distinct points in the text-to-sermon process. ...

Appendix: Pain Turned to Newness

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pp. 147-152

Appendix: Lost

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pp. 153-156


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pp. 157-162


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pp. 163-166

E-ISBN-13: 9781602585300
E-ISBN-10: 160258530X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781602585287
Print-ISBN-10: 1602585288

Page Count: 176
Illustrations: 1
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 826855639
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