Communicating the Faith Indirectly Selected Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers
By Paul L. Holmer, David J. Gouwens and Lee C. Barrett III (eds)
Due for release: 29.08.2013
In his teaching and writing Paul L. Holmer (1916–2004), Professor of Philosophy at theUniversity of Minnesota (1946–1960) and Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School (1960–1987), not only made important contributions to recent American theology, but was also much in demand as a public speaker and preacher. In 2005, following his death, the Holmer family donated his papers to the Yale Divinity School Library.
In this third volume of The Paul L. Holmer Papers, a series distilled from his donation, another aspect of Holmer’s thought and work as a philosopher and theologian is presented: his reflections upon, and practice of, the sermon and religious address, making the book of obvious use to philosophers, theologians, pastors (especially preachers), and college and seminary students, as well as his followers of Yale and beyond.
The book should be of interest to philosophers, theologians, pastors (especially preachers), and college and seminary students. Since Holmer represents significant dimension of religious life at Yale, this volume hopes to contribute to our understanding of the broad topic of “religion at Yale” in the late twentieth century. In particular, generations of Holmer’s students at Yale Divinity School will be interested in this volume, remembering that many of these “remarks” and “addresses” circulated in typescript at Yale Divinity School.
This book is also accessible for general readers with an interest in the challenges of religious and especially Christian communication, including homiletics, liturgy, Christian spirituality, and the tasks of ministry, as well as readers interested in the recent history of American religious thought and life.
It was Kierkegaard’s reflections on “indirect communication” in particular and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s concerns for the distinc¬tion between what can be said and what can be shown that stimulated Holmer’s own reflections on the challenges of the religious address. At the heart of the sermon or religious address is the challenge not only to communicate information directly, but also to elicit capaci¬ties in the hearer or reader. For Holmer the challenge, but also the glory of the sermon or religious address, is to communicate not so much the “language about faith” as the “language of faith.”
This is the third volume of The Paul L. Holmer Papers, which includes also volume 1, On Kierkegaard and the Truth, and volume 2, Thinking the Faith with Passion: Selected Essays.
About the Editors:
David J. Gouwens is Professor of Theology at Brite Divinity School. He is the author of Kierkegaard’s Dialectic of the Imagination (1989) and Kierkegaard as Religious Thinker (1996).
Lee C. Barrett III is Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Heidelberg Catechism (2007), Foundations of Modern Theology: Kierkegaard (2009), and co-editor of Kierkegaard and the Bible (2010).
About the publisher: James Clarke and Co Ltd is a long-established British academic publisher specialising in historical and theological books and also in reference material. It has been associated with the Lutterworth Press since 1984.
- On Kierkegaard and the Truth ISBN: 9780227680049
- Thinking the Faith with Passion: Selected Essays ISBN: 9780227174128
- Pascal and Kierkegaard: A Study in the Strategy of Evangelism (2 Volume Set), by Denzil Patrick ISBN: 9780227172117