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Rhetoric and Religious Experience

The Discourse of Immigrant Chinese Churches

Rhetoric and Religious Experience by Lawrence A. Palinkas
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This is a book about religious rhetoric, its cultural foundations, and its role in articulating sociocultural change and facilitating psychosocial adaptation to the demands of a new environment. It draws its inspiration from the work of F.G. Bailey, Kenneth Burke, and James Fernandez, and focuses on the ethnography of religious discourse as it relates to Chinese immigrant churches. Contents: Introduction: The Force of Words; The Arena of Religious Discourse; Orators and Audiences; The Public Discourse; Two Sermons; A Model of Chinese Christian Rhetoric and Its Origins; The Chinese Christian World View; Church Unity and Social Conflict; Personal Disorder and the Quest for Identity; Leadership and Religious Authority; and Identification and Transformation.
University Publishing Association; December 1989
314 pages; ISBN 9781461723813
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Title: Rhetoric and Religious Experience
Author: Lawrence A. Palinkas