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Mapping Christian Rhetorics
Connecting Conversations, Charting New Territories

ISBN 9781138097780
Published June 16, 2017 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

The continued importance of Christian rhetorics in political, social, pedagogical, and civic affairs suggests that such rhetorics not only belong on the map of rhetorical studies, but are indeed essential to the geography of rhetorical studies in the twenty-first century. This collection argues that concerning ourselves with religious rhetorics in general and Christian rhetorics in particular tells us something about rhetoric itself—its boundaries, its characteristics, its functionings. In assembling original research on the intersections of rhetoric and Christianity from prominent and emerging scholars, Mapping Christian Rhetorics seeks to locate religion more centrally within the geography of rhetorical studies in the twenty-first century. It does so by acknowledging work on Christian rhetorics that has been overlooked or ignored; connecting domains of knowledge and research areas pertaining to Christian rhetorics that may remain disconnected or under connected; and charting new avenues of inquiry about Christian rhetorics that might invigorate theory-building, teaching, research, and civic engagement. In dividing the terrain of Christian rhetorics into four categories—theory, education, methodology, and civic engagement—Mapping Christian Rhetorics aims to foster connections among these areas of inquiry and spur future future collaboration between scholars of religious rhetoric in a range of research areas.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Current Trends and Future Directions in Christian Rhetorics  Michael-John DePalma and Jeffrey M. Ringer  Section I: Christianity and Rhetorical Theory  1. Defining Religious Rhetoric: Scope and Consequence  Brian Jackson  2. Seeking, Speaking Terra Incognita: Charting the Rhetorics of Prayer  William T. FitzGerald  3. The Agentive Play of Bishop Henry Yates Satterlee  Richard Benjamin Crosby  Section II: Christianity and Rhetorical Education  4. "Where the Wild Things Are": Christian Students in the Figured Worlds of Composition Research  Elizabeth Vander Lei  5. Sacred Texts, Secular Classrooms, and the Teaching of Theory  Thomas Deans  Section III: Christianity and Rhetorical Methodology  6. Coming to (Troubled) Terms: Methodology, Positionality, and the Problem of Defining "Evangelical Christian"  Emily Murphy Cope and Jeffrey M. Ringer  7. Empirical Hybridity: A Multimethodological Approach for Studying Religious Rhetorics  Heather Thomson-Bunn  8. Evangelical Masculinity in The Pilgrim Boy: A Historical Analysis with Methodological Implications  Brenda Glascott  Section IV: Christianity and Civic Engagement  9. Mapping the Rhetoric of Intelligent Design: The Agentification of the Scene  Matthew T. Althouse, Lawrence J. Prelli, and Floyd D. Anderson  10. "Heaven-touched Lips and Pent-up Voices": The Rhetoric of American Female Preaching Apologia, 1820-1930  Lisa Zimmerelli  11. The Deaconess Identity: An Argument for Professional Churchwomen and Social Christianity  Lisa J. Shaver  12. Transforming Decorum: The Sophistic Appeal of Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel  William Duffy  Section V: (Re)Mapping Religious Rhetorics  13. More in Heaven and Earth: Complicating the Map and Constituting Identities  Beth Daniell  14. Charting Prospects and Possibilities for Scholarship of Religious Rhetorics  Michael-John DePalma and Jeffrey M. Ringer

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Michael-John DePalma is an Assistant Professor of English in the Professional Writing Program at Baylor University, US.

Jeffrey M. Ringer is an Assistant Professor of English in the division of Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics at the University of Tennessee, US.