Rhetorical Invention and Religious Inquiry: New Perspectives

Rhetorical Invention and Religious Inquiry: New Perspectives

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ISBN-13: 9780300080575
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author



Walter Jost is associate professor of English at the University of Virginia. Wendy Olmsted is associate professor, Humanities Division, Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World and the College, University of Chicago. Jost coedited, and both he and Olmsted contributed to, Rhetoric and Hermeneutics in Our Time, published by Yale University Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Part IComing to Faith in Rhetoric9
1The Word as History: Sacred and Profane15
2Kenneth Burke's Religious Rhetoric: "God-Terms" and the Ontological Proof25
AppendixSensation/Memory/Imitation/Story40
3The Philosophical Foundations of Sacred Rhetoric47
4Invention, Emotion, and Conversion in Augustine's Confessions65
5Rhetorical Theology: Charity Seeking Charity87
6Rhetoric, Conscience, and the Claim of Religion97
Part IISpeaking of God131
7Erasmus: Rhetorical Theologian136
8Naming God162
9Prophetic Rhetoric and Mystical Rhetoric182
10Apophatic Analogy: On the Language of Mystical Unknowing and Being-Toward-Death196
Part IIIThe Rhetoric of Excess, Difference, and the Sublime219
11Machiavellian Rhetoric in Paradise Lost223
12Rhetoric, Ideology, and Idolatry in the Writings of Emmanuel Levinas254
13Theological Reflections on the Hyperbolic Imagination279
Part IVRhetoric and Community301
14Koinonia and the Friendship Between Rhetoric and Religion305
15Picturing God: The Rhetoric of Religious Images and Caravaggio's Conversion of Saint Paul323
16The Rhetoric of Philosemitism356
17Performing Faith: The Peaceable Rhetoric of God's Church381
Contributors415
Acknowledgments417
Index419

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Richard Harvey Brown

This is an exciting volume, offering an important overview of the principal issues and positions currently at stake in the encounter of rhetoric and religion.
—(Richard Harvey Brown, University of Maryland at College Park)

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