Fear runs rampant in the world today, including fears related to the rise of nationalism, refugees, political corruption, violence, religious extremism, and climate crises. Amid these existential realities, the biblical idea of "the fear of God" poses theological opportunities and challenges for those who address these themes in their preaching and public ministry. This collection of conference presentations from the 2018 meeting of Societas Homiletica focuses on how preaching and homiletical studies around the world address the rhetorical, biblical, political, and spiritual dimensions of fear as it has emerged in recent decades in church and society.
Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm (ed.) is Brightbill Professor of Preaching and Worship at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana (USA). The recent president of Societas Homiletica, she studies the intersection of homiletics, social justice, spirituality, and theopoetics.