AbstractPractice theoretical markers for effective and responsible integration of visual elements in the communicative structure of reformed preaching
In this article an attempt is made to identify some essential practice theoretical markers for the introduction of visual elements in the communicative structure of reformed preaching. Introduction of visual elements is complicated in the context of the reformed tradition not only by this tradition’s resistance to the use of visual elements in the liturgical environment, but also by unfamiliarity with the dynamic involved when visual elements are employed in the communicative process. In answering the first challenge posed in the foregoing article regarding the effective integration of visual elements in the communicative structure of preaching, an attempt is made to indicate a praxis in which introduction of visual elements will not disturb the essential structure of preaching (God speaking his Word) and will not curb the believer’s primary instrument of perception (looking further into the spiritual dimension through faith). In answering the second challenge posed in the foregoing article regarding responsible integration of visual elements in the communicative structure of preaching, an attempt is made to indicate a praxis in which a distinction is made between visualisation that draws the listener/perceiver into earthbound thought or lack of reference to real life situations on the one hand and visualisation that focuses the listener/perceiver in faith on God and anchors the contents of revealed truth in real life situations.
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