Imagination and Narratives in Preaching: Homiletical Illustrations as an Alternative Mode of Experience, Knowledge and Understanding
Keywords:imagination, narrative rhetoric, homiletical illustrations, C. S. Lewis
Images and narratives in sermons have traditionally been understood as homiletical illustrations used primarily to create didactic understanding. Contemporary homileticians have challenged this view, for illustrations can be important experiences in themselves and be more than simply illustrations. But how are we then to understand the communicative power of imagination and narratives in preaching? This article discusses theoretical perspectives on imagination, narratives and preaching, and explores C. S. Lewis’s thinking on imagination and narratives in detail. Based on this, it will be argued that homiletical illustrations can be seen as an alternative mode of experience and knowledge that in a unique and profound way can contribute significantly to our understanding of the Christian faith.
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