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The Life within Preaching: A Paradox or a Promise?

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  • Marianne Gaarden
In my paper I will present the notion of the Third Room which can bring new perspectives in understanding how listeners create meaning when hearing the sermon. It is the result of an empirical research utilizes qualitative interviews. The encounter between the listeners’ experience and the preachers’ words facilitates a third room in which the listeners, in internal dialogue, create a surplus of meaning that was previously not present in either the preacher’s intent or the listener’s frame of reference. Thus the semantic meaning is not embedded only in the words that the preacher speaks but is emerging in the situation. The preacher cannot control the production of meaning, but the production of meaning is activated by the preacher which can look like a paradox. I will argue, however, that this emerging life within preaching can be considered both as a premise, a relief and a promise.
TitelThe Life within Preaching : A Paradox or a Promise?
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2017
BegivenhedSocietas Homiletica - Stellenbosh, Sydafrika
Varighed: 10 mar. 201616 mar. 2016


KonferenceSocietas Homiletica
SerietitelStudia Homiletica 11


  • Pracitcal theology, preaching, teaching, homiletic

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