The Beautiful Sermon


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In The Beautiful Sermon, Dean Nadasdy sets preaching in the context of aesthetic theology. He advocates for the artfulness of preaching, inviting preachers to look first for what they see in a biblical text. He highlights preachers who have contributed significantly to aesthetic theology, among them Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and Jonathan Edwards. Identified and celebrated at the center of the book are seven elements contributing to the beautiful sermon. The various approaches to using images in preaching are explained. A chapter is given to the challenges and centrality of presenting the beauty of Christ in preaching. Finally, Nadasdy provides three sermons with commentary to illustrate the power of image to carry truth and provide beauty in a sermon. Throughout the book, works of art are cited for the beauty and impact they bring to preaching.

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Weight 0.72 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 0.5 in