Toward a Theodramatic Homiletic
This dissertation investigates the question of whether there is a homiletical approach that evades the dangers of epic and lyric tendencies in theology respectively associated with the so-called “traditional” homiletic and the “conversational” homiletic. Rejecting objective and subjective treatments of Scripture, this dissertation proposes a theodramatic homiletic based on the work of Kevin Vanhoozer that holds in a dynamic tension the coherence of the gospel and the church’s diverse performance interpretations in living out its reality. The significance of this research is two-fold: 1) to provide a critique of conversational preaching that embodies the postmodern ethos and the impulse away from the epistemological foundations of traditional preaching; and 2) to import a dramatic theology to homiletics with the aim to explore its implications for preaching. Although the concept of drama is not unfamiliar in homiletical literature, its exploration has predominantly revolved around themes of biblical narrativity, the use of theatrical performance in worship, and communication strategies that have a “dramatic” effect on audience. On the other hand, this dissertation employs drama as a hermeneutical frame for understanding Scripture and Christian theology. The goal of this research, then, is to promote a vision of preaching that preserves the integrity of the biblical text and readers’ identity as the Christian call is understood as a faithful and creative participation in God’s redemptive drama.
PHD in Theology
Preaching, Philosophy, Comparative method
Missions and World Christianity
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