Carnivalized Preaching Homiletic: in dialogue with Bakhtin and Other-Wise homiletics

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Abstract
In spite of the radical differences between international scholars of homiletics there seems to be a common quest for more pragmatic "other"-oriented preaching practices and homiletical reflections. "Other-wise" preaching carries the potential for embodying these explorations as it analyzes how the presence and words of others can influence preaching. Other-wise preaching has been developed as a philosophical ethic of preaching and as a practical model of preaching. What other-wise preaching is missing are two elements that constitute the middle ground between philosophy and practice namely a) a model of communication and b) a theology of communication. A model of communication which can compliment other-wise preaching has been developed by MM Bakhtin. This article will draw the contours of a Bakhtinian based "communication theology" in order to illuminate the "carnivalized" genre of preaching in a way that reconsiders the traditional roles of preaching so that the congregation is seen as co-authors and God as the "loophole addressee" of preaching.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHomiletic (Online)
Volume36
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)26-44
Number of pages19
ISSN2152-6923
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2011

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