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A Rhetorics of the Word: A Philosophy of Christian Life, Part II

George Pattison


A Rhetorics of the Word is the second volume of a three-part philosophy of Christian life. It approaches Christian life as expressive of a divine calling or vocation. The word Church (ekklesia) and the role of naming in baptism indicate the fundamental place of calling in Christian life. However, ideas of vocation are difficult to access in a world shaped by the experience of disenchantment. The difficulties of articulating vocation are explored with reference to Weber, Heidegger, and Kierkegaard. These are further connected to a general crisis of language, manifesting in the degradation of po ... More

Keywords: Rhetorics, prosaics, disenchantment, vocation, calling, the name/naming, ethics, poetics, promise, Messianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198813514
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813514.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Pattison, author
Professor of Theology and Modern European Thought, University of Glasgow