Concise History of Preaching

Overview

From the apostle Paul, Origen, and Chrysostom through Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley to Harry Emerson Fosdick, James S. Stewart, and Martin Luther King, Jr., this volume traces the history of preaching by focusing on the work of 20 key Christian preachers. Wilson analyzes how preachers through history have structured their sermons and shows how preaching today embodies the theological ideas of an era.

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Overview

From the apostle Paul, Origen, and Chrysostom through Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley to Harry Emerson Fosdick, James S. Stewart, and Martin Luther King, Jr., this volume traces the history of preaching by focusing on the work of 20 key Christian preachers. Wilson analyzes how preachers through history have structured their sermons and shows how preaching today embodies the theological ideas of an era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687093427
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Scott Wilson is Professor of Homiletics at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto. He is one of the most respected and recognized teachers of homiletics in North America. He is the author of a number of books, including The Practice of Preaching, Imagination of the Heart, God Sense: Reading the Bible for Preaching, and The Four Pages of the Sermon, all published by Abingdon Press. He is the General Editor of The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
I The Early Church: The Authority of the Word as Sound 17
The Proclaimed Word Taking Shape
1 The Pre-gospels and Paul: The New Testament as Preaching 21
2 Perpetua c. 181-203: Martyrdom as the Highest Form of Witness 30
The East: A Word Gives Varieties of Meaning
3 Origen 185-254: Alexandria and Allegory 35
4 Chrysostom c. 347-407: Antioch and the Literal 41
5 Romanos the Melodist c. 490-c.560: Constantinople and Poetry 47
The West: The Controlled Word
6 Cyprian 200-258: Carthage and Authoritative Exegesis 53
7 Augustine 354-430: Hippo and the Primacy of the Rule of Love 59
II The Middle Ages: The Authority of the Word as Private Text 67
8 Hildegard of Bingen 1098-1179: The Word of the Spirit 73
9 Thomas Aquinas c. 1225-1274: The Word of Reason 78
III The Reformations: The Authority of the Common Text 87
10 Martin Luther 1483-1546: Lutheran Protestant - the Authority of Law and Gospel 92
11 John Calvin 1509-1564: Reformed Protestant - the Authority of Correction 99
12 John Donne 1572-1631: Anglican Protestant - the Authority of Metaphysical Hope 107
13 Alphonsus Liguori 1696-1787: Redemptorist - the Authority of the Terrible Moral 115
14 Jonathan Edwards 1703-1758: Congregational - the Authority of Experience, and the Promised Land 122
15 John Wesley 1703-1791: Methodist - the Authority of Law and Gospel 130
16 Horace Bushnell 1802-1876: Congregational - the Authority of Imagination 138
17 Catherine Mumford Booth 1829-1890: Salvation Army - the Authority of "Aggression" 147
18 Harry Emerson Fosdick 1878-1969: Baptist - the Authority of Pastoral Counseling 154
19 James S. Stewart 1896-1990: Presbyterian - the Authority of Evangelical Tradition 162
20 Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968: Black Baptist - the Authority of the Oppressed 170
Conclusion 178
Notes 184
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