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For the former or missionary preaching, see Matt., xxviii, 19; Mark, xvi, 15; iii, 14; Luke, ix, 2. Paul'ssermon referred to in Acts, xx, 7-11, is an example of the second kind of preaching.
But, at the same time, he condemned those preachers who used the eloquence and pronunciation of the theatre. Basil and the two Gregories (the "Clover-leaf of Cappadocia"), Sts. It is a mistake, however, to imagine that they preached only oratorical sermons. Chrysostom's homilies were models of simplicity, and he frequently interrupted his discourse to put questions in order to make sure that he was understood; while St.Since the nineteenth century, homiletics has taken its place, especially in Germany, as a branch of pastoral theology.The "Standard Dictionary" defines Homiletics as "that branch of rhetoric that treats of the composition and delivery of sermons or homilies ".( Sozomen wrote about the time of Pope Xystus III ) Thomassin's explanation (Vetus et Nova Eccl.Disciplina, II, lxxxii, 503) of Sozomen's statement is that there was no preaching in the sense of an elaborate or finished discourse before the time of Pope Leo -- with the exception, perhaps, of the address on virginity by Pope Liberius to Marcellina, sister of St.
Many differ from this definition, and maintain that homiletics as a science is distinct from rhetoric.