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Appraisal, Preaching and the Religious Other: The Rhetorical Appropriation of Interreligious Positions in Sermonic Discourse

Hans Malmström

Abstract

This paper explores preachers’ deployment of Appraisal (affect, judgement, appreciation, and dialogic engagement) in preaching on interreligious themes. Adopting a comparative discourse analysis, the paper investigates two American sermons representing diametrically opposed theological responses to other religions, a pluralist sermon in the Unitarian Universalist tradition and an exclusivist sermon in the biblical-evangelical tradition. An analysis of the two preachers’ Appraisal choices reveals two distinct Appraisal profiles. A discussion is then offered demonstrating how Appraisal is conducive to the appropriation and conservation of a specific interreligious persona during preaching.

Zusammenfassung

Der Beitrag untersucht, inwiefern Prediger/innen bei der Auseinandersetzung mit interreligiösen Themen beurteilend oder den Wert des Gegenüber ermessend verfahren. Hierzu dient eine komparative Diskursanalyse zweier amerkanischer Predigten, die auf theologisch entgegengesetzte Weise andere Religionen thematisieren. Der Autor zeigt auf, wie solches Ermessen (“Appraisal”) bei der Aneignung einer interreligiösen Handlungsrolle für das Predigen dienlich sein kann.


Note

This paper was written when the author was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School.


Published Online: 2018-6-1
Published in Print: 2018-5-30

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