Nyere nordisk homiletikk: Empirisk vending, fremmedhet og resonans


  • Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen




The field of homiletics is situated in a tension field between biblical texts, theological
traditions and contemporary contexts. The history of homiletics shows a continuous
shift of focus from a theology of preaching, preaching texts, listener and preacher.
The most recent development of homiletics in the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden,
Norway and Denmark) appears to have favored an emphasis on specific groups of
listeners of preaching and the world in front of the biblical texts - rather than the
worlds behind or within the text. Examples of this are empirical studies of sermons in
light of the refugee situation in 2015, World War II, children’s and youth’s interaction
with preaching, collaborative preaching, casualia-preaching etc. The question to be
pursued in the following is whether the turn toward the listener and worlds in front
of the text happens at the exclusion of the other points of focus - and to what extent it
leads to renewed interest and insight in some of the other aspects of preaching. In order
to discuss these questions, the recent development is analyzed in light of the theories
of the German sociologist, Hartmut Rosa’s concept of Resonance (Rosa 2016, 2018)
as well as the Northern-American paradigm, Other-wise preaching (McClure 2001)






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