1 School of Culture and Society - Systematic Theology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University2 School of Culture and Society - Systematic Theology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University
The aim of this article is to share the findings of a PhD project in progress, which is based on qualitative research in the field of sermon reception. This paper shall present the provisional analysis of the interviews conducted so far, which aim to establish how churchgoers listen to sermons. This paper argues that, from the empirical results already analyzed, three significant trends can be identified: 1) that the listener relates to the preacher when responding to the sermon; 2) that the sermon is received as an internal dialogue; 3) that faith comes not only from listening to the sermon, but also from relating the sermon to experiences in one’s own life. Furthermore, this paper seeks to identify some of the theological implications and questions that the empirical material raises, namely, the incongruence between the empirical findings and the traditional Lutheran conviction of preaching.