Tag: rhetoric

What Is Conservative?: A Review of Why Higher Education Should Have a Leftist Bias

Why Higher Education Should Have a Leftist Bias by Donald Lazere 235 pp. Palgrave Macmillan.  $95.00 Political labels can be funny things.  I know I’m an odd bird in this respect, but I actually welcome people’s labelling me politically, largely so that I can figure out myself where my place is in various political ecosystems. …

What if Teaching Is a Science? A Bit of Conceptual Fiddling

I see the formulation all the time,  but I rarely give it much thought. “Teaching isn’t a science.  It’s an art.” “Teaching isn’t a science.  It’s a craft.” “Teaching isn’t a science.  It’s a calling.” I’m sure there are other variations on the second half of the couplet, but the first half almost always denies…

Teaching Plato: Still the Best Gig I've Had

As with most things I’ve taught, I had no business teaching Greek philosophy when first I gave it a run.  Sure, I had been a double-major in English and humanities as an undergrad, and the humanities major consisted mainly in philosophy and theology classes.  But as I wrap up my sixth attempt to teach Plato’s Republic,…

Link You Like a Hurricane

JAC (a journal of rhetoric, culture, and politics) goes online Some sensible suggestions for revising seminary education In honor of Reformation Day, 15 Theses for the Charismatic movement Socratic teaching, customer satisfaction student evaluations, and academic work Gilmour has no idea who this guy is, but apparently he’s an apt metaphor for people Gilmou’s and…

The Rhetoric of Repentance: A Review of Telling God's Story

Telling God’s Story: Narrative Preaching for Christian Formation by John W. Wright 164 pp.  $19.00  IVP Academic I actually became aware of this book while reading Stan Hauerwas’s Working with Words (which I reviewed here) earlier this summer.  Hauerwas, in an essay on preaching, suggested that the rhetorical character of preaching, its spoken-to-you-right-here character, was…

Eat, Link, and Be Merry

Gene Fant talks University Statements of Faith. Why Sherlock Holmes matters. Are non-overlapping magisteria a myth? Fred Sanders counsels writers on learning the craft. Aikido and the Art of the Question and Answer Session The Kindlings Muse scoops us with a discussion of Christian rock. That’s right, folks: Nate Gilmour is DANGEROUS. Okay, maybe not…