Coming to Terms with Barth's "Third Thing": Hans Frei, Paul Ricoeur, and the Possibility of Postliberal Homiletics

Authors

  • Lance B. Pape

Abstract

In the wake of modernity and all across the theological spectrum, preaching has proven adept at evading or enlisting the Bible, but resistant to taking it seriously on its own terms. Karl Barth’s theology is an important resource for moving beyond this impasse, but does not offer a compelling account of how biblical language and sermonic language properly conformed to it participate in God’s free act of self-communication. The narrative hermeneutics of Hans Frei and Paul Ricoeur point the way toward such a critically informed postliberal homiletic. In particular, Ricoeur’s notion of threefold mimesis is appropriated to propose criteria for evaluating sermons in terms of their ability to pay against three debts: a debt to the actual (mimesis 1), a debt to the real (mimesis 2), and a debt to the possible (mimesis 3).

Published

2013-06-19

Issue

Section

Articles

How to Cite

Pape, L. B. (2013). Coming to Terms with Barth’s "Third Thing": Hans Frei, Paul Ricoeur, and the Possibility of Postliberal Homiletics. Homiletic, 38(1). Retrieved from https://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/homiletic/article/view/3850