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To meet the needs of undergraduate seminarians attending St. John's University in New York who are required to take speech communication courses and to appeal also to nonseminarian undergraduates, a Religious Communication minor was proposed. The minor consists of 18 credits in speech. In addition to arranging currently offered courses into a systematic program of study, a new course, the "Rhetoric of Religion" (Speech 43), was added. Speech 43 is designed to explore current issues in religious discourse, such as the secularization of the public sphere and the privatization of religious belief. The course is intended for all students interested in religion and communication. The relationship of religious discourse to the Western European rhetorical tradition will be discussed. Some discussion topics in the course are: religious ideas/concepts in classical rhetoric; Augustine's synthesis of classical rhetoric and Christian communication; the rhetoric of Catholic politicians such as Al Smith, John Kennedy, Mario Cuomo; and the discourse of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on social issues. One or more current books on religious discourse in the public sphere will be required. (NKA)

Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Catholics, Church Related Colleges, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Religion, Rhetorical Criticism, Specialization, Speech Communication, Theological Education, Undergraduate Students











Author: Hostetler, Michael J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8585&id=ED404708



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