Carnivalized Preaching - in dialogue with Bakhtin and Other-Wise homiletics


  • Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen Copenhagen University


In spite of the radical differences between international scholars of homiletics there seems to be a common quest for more pragmatic "other"-oriented preaching practices and homiletical reflections. "Other-wise" preaching carries the potential for embodying these explorations as it analyzes how the presence and words of others can influence preaching. Other-wise preaching has been developed as a philosophical ethic of preaching and as a practical model of preaching. What other-wise preaching is missing are two elements that constitute the middle ground between philosophy and practice namely a) a model of communication and b) a theology of communication. A model of communication which can compliment other-wise preaching has been developed by MM Bakhtin. This article will draw the contours of a Bakhtinian based "communication theology" in order to illuminate the "carnivalized" genre of preaching in a way that reconsiders the traditional roles of preaching so that the congregation is seen as co-authors and God as the "loophole addressee" of preaching.






How to Cite

Lorensen, M. R. (2011). Carnivalized Preaching - in dialogue with Bakhtin and Other-Wise homiletics. Homiletic, 36(1). Retrieved from