Christian Rhetorical Theory: A New (Re)Turn

Chase, Kenneth R.
April 2013
Journal of Communication & Religion;Apr2013, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p25
Academic Journal
Responding to Martin Medhurst's call for a "fully rounded Christian rhetorical theory," I claim that a focus on orthodox Christian doctrine provides an auspicious beginning for a strong rhetorical theory. This claim runs counter to the belief that doctrine is incompatible with a non-foundationalist rhetorical epistemology. In establishing this claim, I examine how Christian communication scholars have relied on the doctrine of Christ's incarnation to build rhetorical theory and how such use typically relies on theological error. Correcting this error leads to a robust Christian rhetoric in which truth is eloquent and persuasion is an act of faithful obedience.


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