Rhetoric of the Protestant Sermon in America: Pulpit Discourse at the Turn of the Millennium (Hardcover)
In Rhetoric of the Protestant Sermon in America: Pulpit Discourse at the Turn of the Millennium, ten scholars analyze notable sermons from the fifty-year span between 1965 and 2015, during which the Protestant sermon has undergone significant change in the United States. Contributors examine how this turbulent time period witnessed a variety of important shifts in the arguments, evidences, and rhetorical strategies employed by contemporary preachers. Because religious practice is inextricably tangled in the culture, politics, and economy of its historical situation, the public expression of a faith is certain to move with the times. In their treatment of race, sex, gender, class, and citizenship, sermons apply ancient texts to current events and controversies, often to revealing effect. This collection, thoughtfully edited by Eric C. Miller and Jonathan J. Edwards, demonstrates how the genre of the Protestant sermon has evolved--or resisted evolution--across the years. Scholars of religion, rhetoric, communication, sociology, and cultural studies will find this book particularly useful.
Eric C. Miller is associate professor of communication studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Jonathan J. Edwards is senior instructor of speech communication and rhetoric at the University of South Carolina.