From Pulpit to Fiction: Sermonic Texts and Fictive Transformations by Allen P. SmithFrom Pulpit to Fiction: Sermonic Texts and Fictive Transformations by Allen P. Smith

From Pulpit to Fiction: Sermonic Texts and Fictive Transformations

byAllen P. Smith

Paperback | November 7, 2007

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This book examines the authority and power of a «sermonic text» through its ?ctive qualities. The author argues that a sermonic text functions in the manner of a work of ?ction 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 ?ction 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 ?ction, 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.
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...
Title:From Pulpit to Fiction: Sermonic Texts and Fictive TransformationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:5.91 × 8.66 × 0.68 inPublished:November 7, 2007Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3039113283

ISBN - 13:9783039113286


Table of Contents

Contents: Augustine, Rhetoric and the Sermon – The First Chapter of the Gospel of Mark – The Acts of the Apostles and the Sermon of Saint Stephen – John Chrysostom: ‘Homily Delivered after the Remains of Martyrs’ – Meister Eckhart: ‘Intravit Iesus in castellum, et mulier quaedam, Martha nomine, excepit illum’ – Martin Luther’s Sermon on the Tenth Sunday after Trinity – Joseph Butler: ‘Upon the Ignorance of Man’ – Charles Haddon Spurgeon: ‘The New Year’s Guest’ – Laurence Sterne: ‘The Levite and His Concubine’ and ‘The Abuse of Conscience’ – Herman Melville: Father Mapple’s Sermon in Moby-Dick – John Updike: A Month of Sundays.