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Daniel Dennett and an ‘Incomprehensible’ God: How a Rhetorical Question Can Reveal an Argument’s Weakness

Interesting analysis of Daniel Dennett’s “Seven Tools for Thinking.” A. Roy King turns one of Dennett’s own rules back on the author: In his section on rhetorical questions, he has just encouraged the reader to check his baloney meter any … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Those Who Listen to What Others Have to Say

(Note: The following is written as an exercise in rhetoric — it’s exploratory and is not meant to be exhaustive. The format is based on the outline given in Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students, Sharon Crowley and Debra Hawhee, Pearson, … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’: Brilliant Rhetoric

I’ve long admired Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” as a masterful and powerful composition. King wrote the letter from the Birmingham, Ala., city jailĀ AprilĀ 16, 1963, where he was under arrest as a result of civil rights demonstrations that … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Debatable Question: Circumcision for Gentile Christians in the 1st Century

Note: The following is an exercise in rhetoric. It’s not meant to be a reflection of my personal views. It likely does not identify all possible arguments for either side of the question. See Acts 15:1-31 for the relevant Biblical … Continue reading

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Academic employment decisions: Who gets to decide what is ‘foolishness’?

Former Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins posted an essay on BoingBoing on 24 Jan. 2011 in which he discussed the University of Kentucky’s recent out-of-court settlement with astronomer Martin Gaskell. )See Dawkins’s commentary at “Should employers be blind to private beliefs?“) … Continue reading

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