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The Act Of Looking Is The Act Of Creating: Phenomenology Of Homily

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Perception is signified on the one hand by the experience of fragmentation and, on the other hand, through its drive to cancel this fragmentation again as part of a synthesis. Perception both fragments and defragments. When applied to the homily, this means that its form - comprising the entities of the verbal, the paraverbal and the nonverbal - are only synthesized into a complete corpus in the course of the processing of these elements by the recipients, although this corpus is again only temporary, since everything is temporary to the end of time. The gestalt laws are fundamentally involved in the impact of the homily; gestalt is essentially a "form of feeling" and the form of the sermon specifically dependent on the prevailing emotionally-driven sensory perception of the person listening to the sermon.

Keywords: gestalt laws; homily; perception; sermon

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