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What Is Rhetorical Theology?

Textual Practice and Public Discourse

Paperback Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9781563382901

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What Is Rhetorical Theology? covers the tradition of classical rhetoric, especially as practiced by the Roman orators. It considers the appropriation of this heritage in Augustine's On Christian Doctrine and the influence that important work had on Christian theology in the West. After describing how modern scholarship has tended to view rhetoric with deep suspicion, the book summarizes the retrieval of persuasive discourse in many academic disciplines and the influence of this movement on contemporary theologians such as David Tracy, David Cunningham, and Rebecca Chopp. In addition, What Is Rhetorical Theology? offers it own constructive proposal, that is, it argues that the theological task today may be described as rhetorical hermeneutics. With the help of literary critics such as Steven Mailloux and Jane Tompkins, the author develops a practical and "interested" approach to the interpretation of classical Christian texts, thereby allowing them to speak to our contemporary concerns. The book also presents an epistemological defense of the rhetorical approach to reading as a middle way between objectivism and relativism, a section that serves as a helpful introduction to current debates about postmodern thought. Finally, the book illustrates the rhetorical method by applying it to a doctrine of sin in the form of a constructive dialogue between critical theory and the Christian theological past. Don H. Compier is Associate Professor of Theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and a member of the core doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union.

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."..well-written and interesting argument for rhetorical hermeneutics and would provoke debate among professional theological students." Paul Lakeland, Fairfield University, reviewing for Religious Studies Review, January 2001--Sanford Lakoff "Religious Studies Review "

Prefacep. vii
An Introduction to the Rhetorical Traditionp. 1
Is Aristotle the Authority on Rhetoric?p. 1
The Tradition of Roman Oratoryp. 3
The Rhetorical Ethosp. 9
The Appropriation of Rhetoric by Christian Theologiansp. 11
The Decline of Rhetoricp. 13
Theology as Rhetorical Hermeneuticsp. 16
Contemporary Theology and the Rhetorical Ethosp. 17
Rhetorical Theology and Philosophical Hermeneutics: David Tracy and His Schoolp. 19
Faithful Persuasion: The Contribution of David Cunninghamp. 21
The Power to Speak: Rebecca Chopp's Rhetoric of Liberationp. 24
Rhetorical Hermeneutics Todayp. 25
Rhetorical Epistemologyp. 29
Rhetorical Hermeneutics Revisitedp. 30
Nihilism and Liberationp. 34
The Case Against Analytic Methodp. 41
The Epistemological Effects of Sinp. 46
Rhetorical Hermeneutics and the Christian Doctrine of Sin Todayp. 49
The State of Contemporary Theological Reflection on Sinp. 49
The Institutional Context of Theology in North Americap. 50
The Virtuosi of Suspicion and Their Critique of Christian Hamartiologyp. 51
A Critique of Standard Accounts of Christian Hamartiologyp. 54
Toward Hamartiology as Critical Theoryp. 57
A Brief Reinterpretation of the Traditions of Christian Hamartiologyp. 59
A Concluding Peroration: The Catholicity and Historicity of Theologyp. 71
Notesp. 75
Indexp. 99
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ISBN: 9781563382901
ISBN-10: 1563382903
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st October 1999
Publisher: T&T CLARK PUBL
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.2  x 0.89
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1