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Preaching with a Cupped Ear: Hans-Georg Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics As Postmodern Wor(l)d

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For the last twenty-five years, practitioners of what has come to be known as the New Homiletic have attempted to discover a way through the "crisis" of preaching to "new effectiveness." However, New Homileticians continue to locate their efforts in a representational view of language. This study analyzes and evaluates current views of language and preaching and then juxtaposes them with views of language and communication articulated by the contemporary German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer. This revised ...
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For the last twenty-five years, practitioners of what has come to be known as the New Homiletic have attempted to discover a way through the "crisis" of preaching to "new effectiveness." However, New Homileticians continue to locate their efforts in a representational view of language. This study analyzes and evaluates current views of language and preaching and then juxtaposes them with views of language and communication articulated by the contemporary German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer. This revised homiletic moves beyond constraints imposed by contemporary homiletical theory's language commitments to a unique appropriation of conversation as a means of facilitating an experience (Erfahrung) with the word.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Rationale for This Study 1
The Research Questions 6
Preview of the Remaining Chapters 8
Homiletics and the Rhetorical Tradition 10
Preaching in Ordinary Language: Casuistry as Rabbinic Homileoing 13
Preaching in Post-Classical Language: Another Look at the Traditional Augustine 20
Preaching in Objective Language: Modernity and the Foundations of the Old Homiletic 26
Ch. 2 Old and New Homiletic Theory 47
Trends in Contemporary Homiletical Theory 48
Hermeneutical Foundations in the New Homiletic 55
Kierkegaardian Contemporaneity as a Bridge for Time 59
Ch. 3 Preaching as Ontological Conversation: Gadamer's Linguisticality as New Homiletic Wor[l]d 77
Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Homiletical Wor[l]d 78
Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics: Preaching as Ontological Conversation 81
Preaching as Conversation 99
Ch. 4 Intimations of Preaching as Homileoing: Two Sermons and Commentary 121
Sermon: "When You Least Expect It": Rev. Molly McNelis Dykstra 129
Analysis 147
Sermon: Father Ralph Carskadden 151
Analysis 166
Ch. 5 Summary and Conclusions 175
The Research Questions 176
Limitations of This Study 182
Implications and Suggestions for Future Research 183
Bibliography 189
Index 201
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