Aristotle’s Poetics: Comparative Offerings to Homiletical Theory and Practice
Aristotle’s mimetic understanding of plot as representational of reality invites preachers to examine how a sermon might also mediate the story of God with the everyday lives of congregants. Mimetic approaches to art emerging from antiquity provide critical insights for analyzing the poet’s work, but also constructive guidance for training, crafting, and producing new pieces. Subsequently, I have assigned Poetics the past three years asking students to reflect on the implications Aristotle’s work has for preaching. A fresh reading of Poetics enables students to discover narrative patterns that enhance their plotting of sermons. The essay looks at Poetics through the lens of homiletics asking, “What is its relevance to teaching the craft of preaching in contemporary times?”
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