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ERIC Number: ED313744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 9
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Televangelism and the Rhetoric of Exclusion.
Rosenthal, Robert E.
Included in the many problems of current televangelism which are cause for concern are the constant appeals for donations. Under current circumstances, with tremendous sums of money needed to use television for religious purposes, televangelists resort to sensationalism for mass appeal rather than to spreading the gospel. This ethical problem could be alleviated by having local television stations provide free air time for religious programming, during which no appeals for funds would be allowed. Shut-ins and others would still receive spiritual blessings; televangelists would not need to seek high ratings to stay on the air. Another concern is that the religious fervor of the fundamentalist televangelists leads to exclusionary rhetoric which has numerous negative consequences. Exclusionary rhetoric argues that there is only one path to salvation and denies tolerance for other beliefs and lifestyles. It promotes religious and secular bigotry in which the "saved" are better than those who are not saved. It also creates a religious caste system in which the concept of attending the "right" church suggests that the other churches are wrong. The positive side of televangelism can be seen best in the work of Billy Graham. (KEH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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