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Title: Bonhoeffer's homiletics : the Spirit-impelled word of the church for the world
Author: Shreeves, Keir
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 4982
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2019
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The thesis argues that Bonhoeffer's homiletics, which has not been fully explored, understands preaching as a pneumatological speech event, whereby the Spirit actualises Christ from Scripture, establishing and sustaining the church, bringing a supremely relevant Word into the world and for the world. To substantiate this claim, Chapter One exposes the impasse in contemporary homiletics and the lack of serious attention given to Bonhoeffer's homiletics in Bonhoeffer scholarship and contemporary homiletics. From there, Chapter Two attends to the centrality of the Word of God and the preached Word for Bonhoeffer's ecclesiology, arguing that, for Bonhoeffer, the Word creates the church. Therefore, Bonhoeffer's other tropes and loci, which are more frequently attended to, are shown to derive from his more fundamental dogmatic concern: the Word of God. Chapter Three unpacks Bonhoeffer's focus by demonstrating that as a theologian of the Word, he is indebted to Luther and Barth. With Bonhoeffer's theological lineage located in a tradition that keeps Word and Spirit together, Chapter Four details Bonhoeffer's pneumatology, which is underappreciated in Bonhoeffer studies, and argues that, for Bonhoeffer, the Spirit actualises the Word in time and space. Chapter Five focuses on Bonhoeffer's pneumatology in relation to the way he sees the Spirit operating within the reception and proclamation of the Word. As Bonhoeffer's homiletics concerns the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Lord of all, Chapter Six shows that the proclaimed Word creates and sustains the church in and for the salvation of the world. Finally, Chapter Seven contends that Bonhoeffer's homiletics overcomes the homiletical deadlock between the overly subjective approach of the New Homiletic and the overly objective approach of Postliberal homiletics. Retrieving pneumatology for homiletics reveals how the Spirit takes the objective Word of God and confronts us in the contemporaneity of our subjective experience. Given Bonhoeffer's theological trajectory, the thesis ends by suggesting implications for post-Christendom homiletics.
Supervisor: Greggs, Tom Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Preaching