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The feeling of boredom during a speech is not a new phenomenon, but in a late modern information society this challenge is intensified. This article explores what sort of rhetorical opening strategy which may ‘charge’ a sermon with an appropriate suspense to help the congregation to remain attentive throughout the sermon. The article analyses a selective, digital sample of video recorded confirmation sermons from Church of Norway confirmation services in 2020. Drawing on theories on suspense, attention, and boredom, the article uses classical rhetorical theory on the different styles of speech to suggest three possible rhetorical opening strategies for a preacher who wants to ‘charge’ a (confirmation) sermon with a relevant suspense, that of the teacher, the poet, and the prophet.

In: Journal of Youth and Theology

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In this essay, I attend to an under-analyzed topic in the history of Kalām and Falsafa studies, the contribution of Theodore Abū Qurrah, a Melkite-Chalcedonian Arab-Speaking mutakallim of the early Abbasid era, to the Greek-Arabic translation movement and to Falsafa and Kalām, via the translations he made or through the philosophical ideas that underpin his own Kalām discourses. I will pay specific attention to a possible transmission of the Neoplatonic-Aristotelian heritage of Proclus through Abū Qurrah’s use of Proclean ideas in his own Christian Kalām. I will argue that some of Abū Qurrah’s literary output is expressive of his endeavor to develop an independent reading of Proclus and offer a fresh implementation of Proclean legacy in a Kalām-form that exceeds the boundaries of the traditional reading of Proclus. I will begin with insights on Kalām and the translation movement. I will move then to discuss the place of Ḥarrān (the city which Abū Qurrah belonged to and was the Melkite bishop in) on the map of the transmission of Greek sciences to Arabic, before paying attention to the role of the Bishop of Ḥarrān in this transmission activity. After setting the contextual framework, I will focus in the ensuing sections on some traces of Proclus’s legacy in Theodore Abū Qurrah’s extant texts.

In: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
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The article wishes to explore the theological significance of Hip Hop as an everyday practice of resistance that warrants practical-theological reflection. The first section provides a short background of how Hip Hop came into existence and highlights its core elements, like the role of memory, resistance, social analysis, and critique in a local and global context. This is followed by an explanation of the practical-theological focus of the article. The second section offers a detailed discussion of the religious and theological value of Hip Hop, while the final section focuses on how this act of resistance provides a platform that could shape agency, especially among youth, and dissects the educational value of Hip Hop as cultural text. Considering the context and content of Hip hop, it is argued that it could be instrumental in being a voice for the voiceless and marginalised as an essential aspect of popular culture in contexts like South Africa and Brazil.

In: Journal of Youth and Theology
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The relation between baptism, chrismation, and first communion has developed differently in different denominations. An important characteristic of this development is the establishment of confirmation as a separate rite during medieval times. Despite Luther’s being skeptical toward confirmation, which he considered a human invention with Semipelagian connotations, it was adopted for catechetical purposes by Martin Bucer, partly as a compromising gesture toward the Anabaptists. Today, confirmation is a well-established rite of passage with a theologically complicated history administered within a context where a new awareness of the rites of initiation in the early church has opened old debates concerning chrismation, confirmation, and the communion of infants. The article investigates how a knowledge of this history can help us develop an ecumenically relevant theology of confirmation and catechesis carried by a strong understanding of baptism as the undisputed rite of Christian initiation.

In: Journal of Youth and Theology
In: Perspektiven der Ostkirchenkunde
In: Perspektiven der Ostkirchenkunde
In: Perspektiven der Ostkirchenkunde
In: Perspektiven der Ostkirchenkunde
In: Perspektiven der Ostkirchenkunde
In: Perspektiven der Ostkirchenkunde