From Pulpit to Fiction: Sermonic Texts and Fictive Transformations (Religions and Discourse #38) (Paperback)

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This is book number 38 in the Religions and Discourse series.


This book examines the authority and power of a sermonic text through its fictive qualities. The author argues that a sermonic text functions in the manner of a work of fiction and creates an event and space that forces a decision upon the reader. The text creates a place where the Kingdom of God is about to happen and is happening. Consequently, the reader is forced to make a decision. Will he or she go and do likewise , or reject the Kingdom of God? In this way, a sermonic text acts like a work of fiction and invites a reader into its space and event. If the reader of the sermonic text chooses temporally to enter the event of the text, the reader has the potential to participate in its dynamics and is forced to make a decision either to believe or not believe. Like a work of fiction, it does not require those external guarantees of authority that are found in the community of faith: its doctrines, creeds and ecclesiology. Rather, the authority of the sermonic text is intrinsic as in a work of fiction and stands on its own. The discussion is interdisciplinary, drawing upon literary theory, cultural theory and theology.

About the Author

The Author: Allen Permar Smith holds a B.A. in Humanities from Warren Wilson College, an M.Div. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Theology from the University of Glasgow. Currently, he is a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow, working with the School of Divinity. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His research interests are in theology and literary criticism.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783039113286
ISBN-10: 3039113283
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W
Publication Date: November 7th, 2007
Pages: 212
Language: English
Series: Religions and Discourse