I’ve just drawn together my proposal for my MTH in Preaching dissertation. In case anyone is interested it is:
“Preaching as an Act of Re-Imagination: the implications for homiletics of language being the metaphor through which we perceive and understand the world and ourselves.”
Paul Riceour and others postulate that we comprehend the world and ourselves through metaphors provided by language; understanding is based upon an act of imagination. If a new metaphor is utilised, our understanding can be changed and consequently our beliefs and behaviour.
Walter Brueggemann suggests that Scripture provides us with new language to perceive the world through, i.e. a new metaphor, and that the role of the preacher is to fund the congregation’s imagination with this language so that they are able to perceive the world differently, to re-imagine it.
These concepts have implications for our understanding of the purpose of preaching and its practise. In my dissertation I would like to explore their adequacy and implications for our understanding of the purpose of preaching and its practise.
No doubt alterations will be suggested and modifications made, and it will look quite different by the time it is done though!…