Rhetoric on Rhetoric
In our church’s academy, we are attempting to restore the medieval system of education. Our methodology follows the Trivium, and we teach some unique courses including Latin, Logic, and Rhetoric. At this year’s conclusion, our academy will have students who have completed three years of Latin, students who have formally studied Logic, and students who have taken two years of Rhetoric. The teaching of Logic and Rhetoric currently falls on myself, a task that I thoroughly enjoy.
Having spent two years teaching first year Rhetoric and one year teaching second year Rhetoric, I have grown to admire the subject, to appreciate its right use, and to desire its promotion, especially among the people of God. It is my humble opinion that believers would do well to study the subject and to excel at its use. As one rhetorician has said, God’s people must be people of the Word, and that means they must also be people of words.
The Psalmist prayed, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord. Acceptable words are not merely sin-free words. Acceptable words are rich words, beautiful words, effective words. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. We are in a war, and words are our weapons.
Which brings me to the point of all this. On introducing this blog, I told of my plan to familiarize the rest of you with Mormonism. Allow me to add another emphasis for these pages. This blog will attempt to share some of what rhetoric has to say about the right use of words. Hopefully, it will offer help to the "rhetorically challenged", and, with a little help from the Logos, it will give the reader a practical understanding of this important subject and how it applies to our speaking and writing.