Charles Campbell's "Preaching Fools"

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Charles Campbell, professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School, has published a new book titled "Preaching Fools: The Gospel as a Rhetoric of Folly." Co-authored with Johan Cilliers, professor in homiletics and liturgy at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, the book is a ground-breaking contribution to international collaboration in homiletics. 

Published by Baylor University Press, the book explores the folly of preaching through biblical and theological reflection, as well as through the cultural figure of the fool and the popular ritual of carnival. Visual art and political cartoons complement the written text.

Surrounded by “a great cloud of witnesses,” from Jesus and the Apostle Paul and Desmond Tutu to jesters and tricksters and holy fools, Campbell and Cilliers provide theoretical and practical support for the Christian preacher, who is called to proclaim a paradoxical, foolish gospel. The authors use a diverse representation of fools and foolish actions to show how preaching is inseparable from the folly of the cross.