The Third Room of Preaching

The Third Room of Preaching

A New Empirical Approach

Marianne Gaarden


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How do listeners create meaning when hearing a sermon? In this cutting-edge homiletical study, Marianne Gaarden draws on sociological, psychological, and other empirical research to offer new perspectives and presents the notion of the Third Room of Preaching, the place where the preacher's words and the listener's prior experiences come together and new meaning emerges. The new research insights challenge conventional understandings of preaching and invite homileticians to reflect theologically on the implications for the sermon as an act of communication. In addition, the book includes an appendix that offers new perspectives on how to best educate and train preachers in light of that research.


Marianne Gaarden:
Marianne Gaarden, bishop in Lolland-Falsters Diocese, Church of Denmark, holds a PhD in homiletics and is a former lecturer in homiletics at the Pastorale Institute in Denmark.