TITLE

Accounting for the Divine: Examining Rhetorical Claims of God's Inspiration

AUTHOR(S)
Kaylor, Brian T.
PUB. DATE
May 2011
SOURCE
Journal of Communication & Religion;May2011, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p75
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Essay
ABSTRACT
One of the most significant aspects of Christian rhetoric that sets it apart from secular communication is the claim made by rhetors of God's inspiration. God often provides motivation or inspiration for the rhetoric (at least in the mind of the rhetor), and is usually viewed by the rhetor as one of the audiences that will judge them and their message. However, studies of religious communication generally do not take such claims of inspiration into account. This essay calls upon scholars to consider the rhetorical impact of the perceived role and presence of God. This essay offers that claims of divine inspiration should be considered by scholars in their religious communication research, including analysis of three examples to demonstrate what this scholarship should involve.
ACCESSION #
65118950

 

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