21 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2008
Date Written: November 18, 2008
This paper examines the role of religious speech in democratic civic argument by challenging liberal methods of addressing the issue of religious speech with a more rhetorical view of civic argument. The primary issue, from this perspective, is whether or not rhetoric's own constitutive restraints are adequate to address the risks of religious speech. After a brief analysis of liberal methods, the rhetorical nature of civic argument is described, and both the risks of religious speech and the constitutive restraints are examined.
Keywords: rhetoric, rhetorical community, religious speech, religious rhetoric, religion, constitutive restrainsts, constitutive rules, persuasion, political argument,democracy, civic argument, liberal, Stanley Fish, Stanley Hauerwas, Robert Audi, Mozert v. Hawkins, mystery, divisiveness, rudeness, fairness
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Sammons, Jack L., A Rhetorician's View of Religious Speech in Civic Argument (November 18, 2008). Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 32, p. 367, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1303697