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Preaching as Weeping, Confession, and Resistance: Radical Responses to Radical Evil / Edition 1

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Overview

How can a person preach a word of hope and faith in a world filled with violence and suffering? Christine Smith says one must encounter and name the evil that oppresses persons in the world--evils such as handicapism, ageism, sexism, heterosexism, white racism, and classism. She argues preaching is an interpretation of our present world and an invitation to a profoundly different world. It is a form of passionate weeping in a universe filled with suffering and oppression; a form of confession where preachers can shape sermons to call our communities to honest reflection; and it is a form of resistance, moving people to actively resist the attitudes and structures of oppression.

How can a person preach a word of hope and faith in a world filled with violence and suffering? Smith says that one must encounter and name the radical evil that oppresses persons in the world. She believes preaching is an interpretation of our present world and an invitation to a profoundly different world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664252168
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author


Christine M. Smith is Professor of Preaching at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, Minnessota and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Preaching as a Theological Act 1
1 Revelation Confronts Denial - Handicappism 15
2 Embodiment Challenges Marginalization - Ageism 38
3 Breaking Silence Exposes Misogyny - Sexism 62
4 Grace Transforms Condemnation - Heterosexism 87
5 Conversion Uproots Supremacy - White Racism 110
6 Crosses Reveal Privilege - Classism 135
7 Sermons as Weeping, Confession, and Resistance 163
Notes 178
Index 193
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