RELIGION AND AUTHORITY: THE ROLE OF RHETORIC AS THE VOICE OF MORALITY – A PROLEGOMENON

Yehoshua Gitay

Abstract


This paper focuses on speech as an instrument of the human organs. We don’t see
speech but we hear it and the words create pictures in our minds that stir our
imagination. This paper deals with the effect of speech upon the hearers and
discusses the role of the verbal effect known as Rhetoric, on Biblical Religion.
Furthermore, the paper claims that Biblical Rhetoric, as an argumentative discourse
is, at the end of the day, a manifestation of democracy in terms of the struggle
between the proclamation of authority and the voice of human criticism that
challenges the ultimate. Hence, speech is instrumental in forcing authority to
explain or justify its deeds, therefore, substituting the power of authority with a
matter of rational human persuasion.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/90-0-1073

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