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The inductive form of preaching (F.B. Craddock) – an exploration and evaluation

C. J.H Venter, S. J. Bang
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 39, No 1 | a375 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v39i1.375 | © 2005 C. J.H Venter, S. J. Bang | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 July 2005 | Published: 30 July 2005

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C. J.H Venter, School of Ecclesiastical Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa
S. J. Bang, School of Ecclesiastical Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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Within the wider field of research in homiletics special emphasis has been placed on investigation dealing with hermeneutical homiletics. In Europe Dingemans initiated research focused on this specific field of homiletics in 1991. In South Africa the research and findings of Pieterse and Vos on hermeneutical homiletics are prominent at this stage. The emphasis in research on this aspect of homiletics has, however, in a sense been preceded by the work of Fred Craddock – work that has till date not been highlighted and evaluated sufficiently by South African theologians. Craddock’s work in this field may be regarded as transitional in nature. In Craddock’s approach the focus has shifted from research dealing mainly with the formal aspects of preaching to research bringing into perspective, among others, an inductive form of preaching. In applying the inductive form of preaching the function of the hearer as interpreter is utilised. The power and generative use of language in a sermon is also brought to the fore in this form of preaching. Craddock has indeed brought to light core elements in homiletical research – elements still serving as a stimulus for research on hermeneutical homiletics. Craddock’s approach to preaching – the inductive method – directs the attention to the structure of the sermon, as well as the “movements” and the development of the train of thought within the sermon as essential elements of inductive preaching. Furthermore, the aim of uniting the different elements of the sermon and the use of imaginative language in a sermon is also stressed by Craddock’s method. In conclusion this article attempts an evaluation of some of Craddock’s viewpoints on preaching.


Imagination And Imagery; Inductive Preaching; Movements In The Sermon; Sermon Structure


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