Renovating Rhetoric in Christian Tradition
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
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This book finds its genesis in the scholarly curiosity of five people who, in 2001, applied for a modest Initiative Grant from the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities: Tom Amorose, Beth Daniell, Anne Gere, David Jolliffe, and Elizabeth Vander Lei. When we were selecting readings to discuss and...
Elizabeth Vander Lei
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This book grows out of and contributes to a persistent scholarly curiosity about the relationship of rhetoric and religion, a curiosity that dapples the history of rhetoric from Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine to the work of contemporary scholars, a curiosity that persists in part, I believe, because scholars...
The Rise of Christian Sects
1: Constructing Devout Feminists: A Mormon Case
Anne Ruggles Gere
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The followers who accompanied Brigham Young when he arrived in the Great Salt Lake valley on July 24, 1847, and declared “this is the place,” were the first Mormon pioneers to envision Utah as a location where they could practice their religion with minimal interference. Adherents to this religion, which took...
2: A Rhetoric of Opposition: The Seventh-Day Adventist Church and the Sabbath Tradition
Lizabeth A. Rand
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The fourth commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” has been a central principle of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church, a Christian denomination with over sixteen million members worldwide, since its beginning. According to Adventist theologian Raymond F. Cottrell, “the Sabbath...
3: Preaching from the Pulpit Steps: Mary Bosanquet Fletcher and Women’s Preaching in Early Methodism
Vicki Tolar Burton
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On February 2, 1773, Mary Bosanquet (1739–1815) recorded in her journal: “I went this day to A—. Had a good time in speaking from those words, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.’”1 Situated in her journal between an entry on being in bad spirits and another on a road...
4: “With the Tongue of [Wo]men and Angels”: Apostolic Rhetorical Practices Among Religious Women
Aesha Adams-Roberts, Rosalyn Collings Eves, and Liz Rohan
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In 1804 an African Caribbean Methodist woman, Anne Hart Gilbert, wrote a history of Methodism that sought to correct circulating histories of the Antiguan Methodist church (written by white men) by exposing corrupt practices of some white missionaries and inserting black women into this history.1 Yet in...
5: Rhetorical Strategies in Protestant Women’s Missions: Appropriating and Subverting Gender Ideals
Karen K. Seat
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Between the Civil War and World War II, millions of Protestant American women took up the cause of missions, creating their own woman-run missionary societies and sending unmarried women to countries around the world to work as professional missionaries.1 The pages of women’s missionary literature...
The Rise of Academic Concern about American Christian Fundamentalism
6: “Attentive, Intelligent, Reasonable, and Responsible”: Teaching Composition with Bernard Lonergan
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Teaching honors classes used to drive me crazy, at least during the first weeks of the semester. Before I returned the first graded writing assignment, I had to steel myself for the grade-grubbery that inevitably followed, a student ritual I called the “Attack of the Killer B Pluses.” Many of the students who enroll...
7: “Ain’t We Got Fun?”: Teaching Writing in a Violent World
Elizabeth Vander Lei
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It seemed a simple way to have some fun in the last ten minutes of the first class after spring break. After a short lesson on composing styles, I turned to my students, students in a first-year writing class that I considered one of my best ever, and asked them to create a metaphor for academic writing...
8. A Question of Truth: Reading the Bible, Rhetoric, and Christian Tradition
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On the syllabus for my upper-division rhetoric course is the statement that one goal of the class is to explore is the relationship of language and truth. This topic, I find, very much interests undergraduates. In almost every rhetoric class I’ve taught, as we review the various stances between rhetoric and truth, a student...
Rhetoric in Christian Tradition
9: The Jewish Context of Paul’s Rhetoric
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Paul tells his readers that he was not only Jewish but a Pharisee: “Circumcised on the eighth day, I was born of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrew parents. In the matter of the law, I was a Pharisee” (Philippians 3:5).1 This statement may sound odd to us, given the generally...
10: Resistance to Rhetoric in Christian Tradition
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The title of this final chapter may surprise readers, since the preceding chapters of Renovating Rhetoric show so many successes for rhetoric at work in Christian tradition. But readers may have noticed that most of the successes documented in these chapters came in the face of resistance by some form of...
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Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2014
Series Title: Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture