A Theology of Preaching and Dialectic

Scriptural Tension, Heraldic Proclamation and the Pneumatological Moment

A Theology of Preaching and Dialectic

How does the preacher know what God might say now based upon the many things God said then? Preachers and theologians throughout Christian history have grappled with Scripture's diverse emphases alongside the urgent task of declaring the authoritative Word of God in the contemporary pulpit. Les mer
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A Theology of Preaching and Dialectic

How does the preacher know what God might say now based upon the many things God said then? Preachers and theologians throughout Christian history have grappled with Scripture's diverse emphases alongside the urgent task of declaring the authoritative Word of God in the contemporary pulpit. Aaron Edwards offers a new way of engaging with this problem, by exploring the theological relationship between biblical dialectics and heraldic proclamation.

Edwards highlights the theological necessity of dialectical variety, without forfeiting assertiveness in the prophetic moment of preaching. A vast array of key voices from the theological tradition are drawn upon - including Augustine, Aquinas, Eckhart, Luther, Calvin, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Chesterton, Barth, Bultmann, Tillich, Ebeling, and others - to navigate the connection between Scriptural unity, clarity, and paradoxical plurivocality, leading to a nuanced account of dialectic. Applying this to the homiletically neglected concept of `heraldic' confidence in preaching, Edwards examines the theological possibility of preaching in light of dialectical complexity via its `prophetic' dimension. He shows how the uniquely revelatory relationship of Word and Spirit enables Scriptural illumination, prophetic discernment, and dialectical decisiveness in the `momentary' encounter which undergirds all Christian proclamation.

Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1
Canonicity, Clarity, Dialectic: The Problematic Task of Biblical Expository Preaching
- Introduction: Preaching and Scripture
- The Proclaimed Gospel and Early Canonicity
- The Clarity of Scripture as Dialectical Precursor
- Dialectic and Scripture
- Conclusion: Engaging Dialectic with Clarity
Chapter 2
Dialectic, Paradox, Contradiction: The Paradoxical Legacy of Theological Dialectic
- Introduction: Towards Terminological Clarity
- Dialectic
- Paradox
- Dialectic and Paradox
- The Myth of Synthesis
- Distinguishing Primary Dialectical Modes
- Conclusion: Dialectical Bases
Chapter 3
Dialectic, Proclamation, Correctivity: The Possibility of Dialectical Heraldic Confidence
- Introduction: Dialectics, Homiletics, and Preaching
- The Necessity of `Heraldic' Proclamation
- Between Herald and New Homiletic
- A Brief Theology of Heraldic Confidence
- Between Herald and Dialectician
- Conclusion: The Contingently Confident Herald
Chapter 4
Dialectic, Prophecy, Decisiveness: A Pneumatology of Dialectical Heraldic Proclamation
- Introduction: Correctivity and Decisiveness
- Preaching as Pneumatologically Prophetic
- Attaining Dialectical Decisiveness
- Distinctive Purposes of Pneumatological Prophetic Preaching
- Pneumatological Prophetic Preaching as `Moment'
- Conclusion: Dialectical Heraldic Proclamation
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

This book presents a theological account of the relationship between dialectic and preaching, analyzing a theology of dialectic within the confines of canonical unity.

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