CLOWNING ON THE PULPIT? CONTOURS OF A COMIC VISION ON PREACHING

Johan Cilliers

Abstract


This paper revisits the concept of the preacher as clown, tracing some aspects of the
basic philosophy and history behind this somewhat unconventional understanding of
the ministry. Attention is given to aspects such as the disruptive effect that the
presence of a clown or jester can have on normative discourse, the role of scripture
in attaining speech that is subversive to the status quo, and the ethical implications
of such a mode of preaching. The theological background for this is explained in
terms of the image of a vulnerable God.

Keywords


Preaching, Power, Vulnerabilty, Subversion

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/101-0-632

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