This exceptional collection of writings offers for the first time a discussion among leading thinkers about the points at which rhetoric and religion illuminate and challenge each other. The contributors to the volume are eminent theorists and critics in rhetoric, theology, and religion, and they address a variety of problems and periods.
Together these writings shed light on religion as a human quest and rhetoric as the origin and sustainer of that quest. They show that when pursued with intelligence and sensitivity, rhetorical approaches to religion are capable of revitalizing both language and experience. Rhetorical figures, for example, constitute forms of language that say what cannot be said in any other way, and that move individuals toward religious truths that cannot be known in any other way. When firmly placed within religious, social, and literary history, the convergence of rhetoric and religion brings into focus crucial issues in several fieldsincluding philosophy, psychology, history, and artand interprets relations among self, language, and world that are central to both past and present cultures.
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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
|Part I||Coming to Faith in Rhetoric||9|
|1||The Word as History: Sacred and Profane||15|
|2||Kenneth Burke's Religious Rhetoric: "God-Terms" and the Ontological Proof||25|
|3||The Philosophical Foundations of Sacred Rhetoric||47|
|4||Invention, Emotion, and Conversion in Augustine's Confessions||65|
|5||Rhetorical Theology: Charity Seeking Charity||87|
|6||Rhetoric, Conscience, and the Claim of Religion||97|
|Part II||Speaking of God||131|
|7||Erasmus: Rhetorical Theologian||136|
|9||Prophetic Rhetoric and Mystical Rhetoric||182|
|10||Apophatic Analogy: On the Language of Mystical Unknowing and Being-Toward-Death||196|
|Part III||The Rhetoric of Excess, Difference, and the Sublime||219|
|11||Machiavellian Rhetoric in Paradise Lost||223|
|12||Rhetoric, Ideology, and Idolatry in the Writings of Emmanuel Levinas||254|
|13||Theological Reflections on the Hyperbolic Imagination||279|
|Part IV||Rhetoric and Community||301|
|14||Koinonia and the Friendship Between Rhetoric and Religion||305|
|15||Picturing God: The Rhetoric of Religious Images and Caravaggio's Conversion of Saint Paul||323|
|16||The Rhetoric of Philosemitism||356|
|17||Performing Faith: The Peaceable Rhetoric of God's Church||381|
What People are Saying About This
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)