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The Scandal of Having Something to Say: Ricoeur and the Possibility of Postliberal Preaching Lance B Pape

The Scandal of Having Something to Say: Ricoeur and the Possibility of Postliberal Preaching

Lance B Pape

Published January 15th 2013
ISBN : 9781602585287
Hardcover
166 pages
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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 culturalMoreThe 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 Gods free act of self-communication. Using Karl Barths theology of the Word, Hans Freis hermeneutical method, and, chiefly, Paul Ricoeurs 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.