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1. Basis

We humans would not be what we are without language (Anthropology). Our experience of ourselves and the world takes linguistic shape (H.-G. Gadamer). Here then is a necessary starting point for the discussion of preaching. We must relate theological reflection on preaching and its problems to this starting point.

From the days of antiquity rhetoric has been the discipline that treats of our human faculty of language in relation to experience, and esp…

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Otto, Gert and Bromiley, Geoffrey W., “Preaching”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 28 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.134>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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