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In this landmark volume of contemporary communication theory, Ronald C. Arnett applies the metaphor of dialogic confession—which enables historical moments to be addressed from a confessed standpoint and through a communicative lens—to the works of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who pointed to an era of postmodern difference with his notion of "a world come of age." Arnett’s interpretations of Bonhoeffer’s life and scholarship in contention with Nazi dominance offer implications for a dialogic confession that engages the complexity of postmodern narrative contention.
Rooted in classical theory, the field of communication ethics is abstract and arguably outmoded. In Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer’s Rhetoric of Responsibility, Arnett locates cross-cultural and comparative anchors that not only bring legitimacy and relevance to the field but also develop a conceptual framework that will advance and inspire future scholarship.
|1||Confession : pragmatic communicative relevance||4|
|2||Communicative ground : from dictate to story guidance||26|
|3||Attentive response : silence, listening, and meeting||50|
|4||The person as story-formed||71|
|5||Story-centered trust : confession "between" persons||92|
|6||A fragile absolute : the faith story in the marketplace||114|
|7||A dialogic craftsman : hallowing the everyday||135|
|8||The practice of community : communicative habits of the heart||155|
|9||Communicative turning : acknowledgment||178|
|10||Meeting the other : communication ethics in a "world come of age"||200|