United, Patient, and Hopeful: A Musical Homiletic
The field of homiletics has benefited in recent decades from a proliferation of conversations with other disciplines, including the artistic disciplines, which have enriched homiletical theory with new insights. This dissertation seeks to advance the interdisciplinary conversation between music and preaching. Drawing heavily upon the work of both musicologists and homileticians, a “musical homiletic” is developed here around three shared characteristics between the art of music and the art of preaching: synchrony, repetition, and teleology. Following significant analysis of each of these characteristics in both music and preaching, the musical metaphor for preaching is ultimately advocated as a means of developing the virtues of unity, patience, and hope among one’s listeners. With major input from musicologists David Huron and Roger Scruton, theologian Jeremy Begbie, and homileticians Eugene Lowry, Clayton Schmit, Luke Powery, and Paul Scott Wilson, an original model is presented by which the musicality of preaching might be understood in a more comprehensive manner than it has been before. The primary aim is to provide an account that is both practical and theoretical of the specifically musical means by which preaching can become a conduit of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
PHD in Theology
Schmit, Clayton J.
Missions and World Christianity
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