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The Renewed Homiletic


Fortress Press 2010

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The major shift in the study and practice of preaching in the 1970s and 1980s, labeled the New Homiletic, turned toward the hearer. The purpose of preaching focused less on persuasion and more on transformation, less on asserting religious truths and more on offering an experience of the Gospel. Instead of viewing language as referential, its creative, evocative nature began to be emphasized. Thus homiletical strategies utilizing induction, celebration, story, narrative structures, and moves replaced a deductive, propositional approach to preaching.

Now three-and-a-half decades after this shift began, preachers recognize that the homiletical landscape has continued to evolve in ways that influence how preaching ought to be done—for example, the rise of postmodernity, the decline of the mainline church, cultural pluralism, and biblical and theological illiteracy.

Those considered to be the pillars of the New Homiletic—David Buttrick, Fred Craddock, Eugene Lowry, Henry Mitchell, and Charles Rice—discuss how to change their homiletical approach for a new day. Each of these distinguished scholars offers a lecture describing how his mind has changed, preaches a sermon reflecting these changes, and participates in a panel discussion with younger respondents.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Praise for the Print Edition

The insights of the New Homiletic were too revolutionary to be allowed to slip, like hulls of abandoned ships, under the tidal waters of an advancing age. Now refurbished in this fine volume, they continue to interpret the nature of language, metaphor, and narrative so essential for biblical preaching in our postmodern era.

—Paul Scott Wilson, professor of homiletics, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

That the future of our discipline is in good hands is evidenced . . . by the diverse group of smart and insightful colleagues in the homiletics guild assembled [here]. I rejoice in the wealth of their assessments and constructive offerings.

—Richard L. Eslinger, From the Afterword

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About the Editor

O. Wesley Allen Jr. is associate professor of homiletics and worship at Lexington Theological Seminary. He is author of numerous books, including Determining the Form in the Elements of Preaching series, which he also edited.

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