Speaking the Truth in Love: Christian Public Rhetoric

Speaking the Truth in Love: Christian Public Rhetoric

by Daniel R. Berger


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Speaking the Truth in Love: Christian Public Rhetoric by Daniel R. Berger

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556351181
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2007
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About 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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