Persuasions of God: Inventing the Rhetoric of René Girard

Author:   Paul Lynch
Publisher:   Pennsylvania State University Press
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Pages:   220
Publication Date:   20 February 2024
Format:   Hardback
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The nations of the global north find themselves in a post-secular or post-Christian period, one in which the practice, expression, and effects of religion are undergoing massive shifts. In Persuasions of God, Paul Lynch pursues a project of “theorhetoric,” a radical new approach to speaking about the divine. Searching for new religious forms amid the lingering influence of Christianity, Lynch turns to René Girard, the most important twentieth-century thinker on the sacred and its expression within the Christian tradition. Lynch repurposes Girard’s mimetic theory to invent a post-Christian way of speaking to, for, and especially about God. Girard theorized the sacred as the nexus of violence, order, and sacralization that lies at the heart of religion. What Lynch advocates in our current moment of religious kairos is a paradoxically meek rhetoric that conscientiously refuses rivalry, actively exploits tradition through complicit invention, and boldly seeks a holiness free of exclusionary violence. The project of theorhetoric is to reinvent God through the reimagined themes of meekness, sacrifice, atonement, and holiness. From these, Persuasions of God offers religion reimagined for our post-secular age. An interdisciplinary mix of philosophy, sociology, rhetorical studies, and theology, this book draws on mimetic theory to answer the question of where religion goes next. It will be valued by religious studies and communications scholars as well as anyone interested in the future of Christianity in our modern world.

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Author:   Paul Lynch
Publisher:   Pennsylvania State University Press
Imprint:   Pennsylvania State University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.10cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.426kg
ISBN:  

9780271097091


ISBN 10:   0271097094
Pages:   220
Publication Date:   20 February 2024
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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“Persuasions of God makes a major contribution to critical conversations concerning rhetoric and religion. As a post-Christian intervention, it deals skillfully with Jewish and Christian scriptures and especially with Christian theological literature as well as relevant work in rhetorical theory. As in his earlier scholarship, Paul Lynch is here not only in dialogue with various disciplinary communities; he also explicitly discusses and exemplifies how such dialogue should generously take place.” —Steven Mailloux,author of Rhetoric’s Pragmatism: Essays in Rhetorical Hermeneutics


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Paul Lynch is Associate Professor of English at Saint Louis University. He is the author of After Pedagogy: The Experience of Teaching and a coeditor of Rhetoric and Religion in the Twenty-First Century:Pluralism in a Postsecular Age and Thinking with Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition.

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