Speaking the Truth in Love: Christian Public Rhetoric

Overview

Approaching public communication from a liberal arts point of view, Speaking the Truth in Love provides a distinctly Christian perspective of rhetoric. Written and oral rhetoric are interwoven throughout the text. Two foundational ideas control the majority of the text. The first is from Plato's Phaedrus as stated by Paul in Ephesians 4:15, "speaking the truth in love." The second is from the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 4:11, "if anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God." The spiritual ...

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Overview

Approaching public communication from a liberal arts point of view, Speaking the Truth in Love provides a distinctly Christian perspective of rhetoric. Written and oral rhetoric are interwoven throughout the text. Two foundational ideas control the majority of the text. The first is from Plato's Phaedrus as stated by Paul in Ephesians 4:15, "speaking the truth in love." The second is from the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 4:11, "if anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God." The spiritual responsibility of communicating truth in accordance with the nature of God, especially the virtue of love, is an awesome privilege and opportunity. Sound content spoken or written eloquently with charisma will enable words to have a maximum impact.The text is designed to be a culminating learning experience for undergraduate communication programs or as an introductory text for graduate programs involving public communication. Beginning with a philosophy of language, meaning, and interaction, argument is built against secular deconstructive thought where everyone has a different truth based on language. Alongside philosophy we explore ethics and theology from an evangelical perspective. Following this a brief history outlines rhetorical thought from pre-testament classics to today. Based upon these ideas we take a closer look at communication theory as it relates to public communication. Finally, the text addresses the practice of both written and oral communication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556351181
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 370

Meet the Author

Daniel R. Berger is Professor and Chair of Communication at Simpson University , Redding, California. He earned his BS in pastoral ministries from Western Baptist College in 1978, his MDiv from North American Baptist Seminary in 1981, and his PhD in rhetoric from the University of Oregon in 1990. He is an ordained minister and has been a pastor of several churches and taught at several colleges and universities.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Foreword     xi
Entering the Dialogue     1
Philosophy     3
Toward an Ethic of Rhetoric     40
Toward a Theology of Rhetorical Persuasion     65
Tracing the History of Christian Rhetoric     97
Classical Rhetoric     99
Middle Rhetoric     123
20th Century Rhetorical Persuasion     144
Theoretical Considerations     165
Understanding Your Audience     167
Persuasive Models and Theories     193
Argumentative Forms and Methods     222
Reasoning and Critical Thinking     239
Fallacies of Reasoning     258
Evidence     278
Practicing Public Communication     297
Organization     299
Style     316
Delivering Public Rhetoric Persuasively     338
Bibliography     353
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