Clowning on the pulpit? contours of a comic vision on preaching
CITATION: Cilliers, J. 2009. Clowning on the pulpit? contours of a comic vision on preaching. Scriptura, 101:189-197, doi:10.7833/102-0-611..
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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.