Apologetics 315 Podcast 029 – Rhetoric with Jim Beitler
Today’s Show Notes:
Episode 029 – Rhetoric with Jim Beitler
In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview Jim Beitler, Associate Professor of English at Wheaton College, and author of Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church as well as Charitable Writing: Cultivating Virtue Through Our Words (with co-author Richard Hughes Gibson). They discuss rhetoric and communication in relation to Christian Apologetics.
0:27 – Introduction to rhetoric and Jim Beitler
4:36 – Jim’s background and books
5:37 – What is rhetoric?
6:32 – How Jim got interested in rhetoric
7:18 – How has rhetoric been taught, and how has that changed?
10:20 – Can rhetoric be taught?
11:48 – Why should anyone care about rhetoric in the church?
14:20 – Are you an effective communicator or not?
15:44 – Doesn’t the Bible argue against using rhetoric?
19:11 – How the book is laid out and the ground it covers
22:52 – C.S. Lewis as a rhetorician
25:25 – How we need rhetoric now more than ever
27:19 – Dietrich Bonhoeffer on preaching and rhetoric
30:37 – Rhetoric in sermons and preaching
33:37 – How to apply the tools of rhetoric with discernment
38:20 – Modern thinkers and communicators we can learn from
41:49 – Being culture makers
42:40 – Some pitfalls to avoid
45:13 – A teaser for Charitable Writing
• James Beitler at Wheaton
• Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church
• Charitable Writing: Cultivating Virtue Through Our Words
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