New Directions in Rhetoric and Religion reflects the complex and fluid natures of religion, rhetoric, and public life in our globalized, digital, and politically polarized world by bringing together a diverse group of rhetorical scholars to provide a comprehensive and forward-looking collection on rhetoric and religion. This volume addresses these topics in three separate sections: 1. Rhetorics of religion at work in public activism, 2. Rhetorics of religion in contemporary public discourse, and 3. Ways that rhetoric scholars study religion. Scholars of rhetoric, religion, and social sciences will find this book particularly interesting.
James W. Vining is assistant professor of communication studies at Governors State University.
Table of Contents
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Section I: Rhetorics of Religion in Public Activism
Chapter 1. Christian Communal Parrhesia and the Case of the 1965 Bloody Sunday March
Joshua H. Miller
Chapter 2. Baylor Abroad: Revisiting the Racial Legacy of Baptist Evangelism
Jeffrey B. Nagel
Chapter 3. Social Christian Theology Animating Civic Rhetorical Activism
Sara M. Dye and Michael-John DePalma
Chapter 4. A Site of Sacred Resistance: The Eco-Spiritual Appeals of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ”
Section II: Rhetorics of Religion in Contemporary Publics
Chapter 5. Religion and Rhetoric in Moments of Crisis: Obstacles and an Opportunity in Timothy Keller’s ‘Truth, Tears, Anger, and Grace’
Chapter 6. Trickster Politics and Islamist Rhetoric in Regime-Sponsored Nationalist Songs in Post-June 30 Egypt
Chapter 7. To Splinter and Split: Mapping the Use of the Term Evangelical on Twitter in the Age of Trump
Emily Murphy Cope, Jeff Ringer, Holland Prior, and Megan Von Bergen
Chapter 8. Let’s Pray for President Trump in Church: An Analysis of Franklin Graham’s Trump Posts on Facebook
Tiffany Thames Copeland and Wei Sun
Section III: Considerations for Future Scholarship on Rhetoric and Religion
Chapter 9. What I Wish Rhetoric Scholars and American Evangelical Christians Would Learn by Studying Religious Rhetoric: A Rhetorological Exercise
Mark Allan Steiner
Chapter 10. The Religious and Rhetorical Afterlives of John Quincy Adams
Chapter 11. The Atheist Dilemma: Ethically Studying Non-theists in Rhetorical Studies
Kristina M. Lee
Chapter 12. The Problem of Religion and Promise of Theology in Rhetorical Scholarship
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"This timely collection analyzes how religious rhetorics function in public activism and political discourse. Chapters range across time from early nineteenth-century America to the Trump era. A variety of religious orientations are considered, from evangelical Christianity to Catholicism to Islam. Rhetoric’s contemporary multimodality is represented in treatments of politically motivated music, protest demonstrations, Facebook posts, and tweets. Concluding chapters trace the implications for rhetorical scholarship of religious rhetorics’ increasing ubiquity in public life. New Directions in Rhetoric andReligion will soon find a generative place in graduate seminars and on scholars’ shelves—including mine."
"This volume adds immensely to the burgeoning literature on communication and religion, with a specific focus on the rhetorical tradition. Thoughtful treatments of the intersection of rhetoric and religion in contexts of social activism, race, ecological concerns, and politics, among others, from a variety of contributors and perspectives, make this book a vital resource for scholars and students of religious communication."
"New Directions in Rhetoric and Religion: Exploring Emerging Intersections of Religion, Public Discourse, and Rhetorical Scholarship belongs on the bookshelves and eReaders of scholars and readers seeking insight on the role played by rhetoric in religion, and public discourse. The bookend chapters, with James Vining’s introduction and Christian Lundeberg’s conclusion, tether the chapters in-between to theoretical touchstones that help illuminate case studies that range from Trump and the evangelicals to Islamist rhetoric in Egypt."
"The essays in this book push the bounds of rhetorical scholarship by examining the complex and often overlooked relationships between religion and public engagement. Challenging long-held scholarly assumptions and practices, the chapters offer more nuanced, sophisticated, and ethical rhetorical methods and frameworks that can enrich and complicate our understandings of how religion functions in the public sphere, especially in the realms of advocacy, protest, and politics. A wide range of scholars stands to benefit from this truly forward-looking volume."
"In New Directions in Rhetoric and Religion, Professor Vining has assembled an excellent collection of scholars and scholarship, representing some of the strongest currents in the field today. The twelve chapters in this volume are at once wide-ranging and distinct and unified and cohesive. Some are authored by seasoned researchers, others mark the debut of promising careers. All are certain to stir ideas and start discussions wherever they are read."
"James Vining has brought together a diverse and talented group of rhetorical and communication scholars to consider the meaning of religion and rhetoric in the twenty-first century. Drawing on a range of historical and contemporary case studies, this book speaks to the challenges of the political moment while offering a glimpse into the bright future of rhetorical and religious scholarship. This is a resource for non-theists and theists, teachers and students, spiritual leaders and activists, and everyone interested in the intersections of religious investigation and public engagement."