- Copyright page
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- The Tasks of Theology
- Revelation and Scripture
- Jesus Christ
- The Spirit
- Sin and Evil
- Human Being
- Christian Life
- Justification, Sanctification, Vocation
- Barth and the Racial Imaginary
- Barth and Modern Moral Philosophy
- Barth and Gender
- Barth and Public Life
- Barth and Hermeneutics
- Barth and Preaching
- Barth and Environmental Theology
- Barth and Culture
- Barth and Judaism
- Barth, Religion, and the Religions
- Barth and Contemporary Protestant Theology
- Barth and Roman Catholic Theology
Abstract and Keywords
Some interpretations of Barth’s theology emphasize the constraints it places on the practice of preaching. This chapter argues that, granting Barth’s affirmation of certain homiletical limits, the implications of Barth’s theology for the task of proclamation are best understood under the category of freedom. The first half of the chapter provides an overview of Barth’s homiletical theology, including its Trinitarian backdrop, the Christological aspects of his doctrines of the ‘Word of God’ and of ‘reconciliation’, and the implications of these commitments for Barth’s homiletical approach. The second half explores three issues related to the preacher’s task: the use of language, the role of cognate disciplines in homiletical theory (particularly rhetoric), and the use of ‘secular’ material in sermons. In each case, the chapter demonstrates the way in which, for Barth, the freedom of the preacher is not freedom from all constraint but a freedom for cooperation in the mission of the eloquent and radiant God.
Angela Dienhart Hancock is Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is the author of Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic, 1932–33: A Summons to Prophetic Witness at the Dawn of the Third Reich (2013), a contextual interpretation of Barth’s lectures on sermon preparation at the University of Bonn based on unpublished archival material. Her current research assesses Karl Barth’s potential contribution to the study of democratic practices, including the relationship between political and theological rhetoric, and the significance and ethos of deliberation in Christian communities. She is an ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
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