ERIC Number: EJ551301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Contending with a Polemical Tradition: The Rhetorical Art of Christian Self-Definition.
Leighton, Christopher M.
Religious Education, v91 n4 p529-38 Fall 1996
Examines the role of polemical discourse (heated and confrontational arguments often aimed at an opponent) in the early formation of the Christian church. Maintains that these linguistic habits still exert a powerful and often destructive influence. Discusses several biblical stories in terms of polemical discourse and offers alternative interpretations. (MJP)
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Christianity, Cultural Interrelationships, Discourse Analysis, Higher Education, Interfaith Relations, Jews, Judaism, Language Usage, Moral Issues, Persuasive Discourse, Religion Studies, Religious Cultural Groups, Religious Education, Religious Factors, Rhetoric, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Self Congruence
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
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