Logology, Guilt, and the Rhetoric of Religious Discourse

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  • Title: Logology, Guilt, and the Rhetoric of Religious Discourse: A Burkean Analysis of Religious Language in Contemporary Politics
  • Author(s): David Greene
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Religion in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society
  • Keywords: Kenneth Burke, Logology, Terministic Screens, Religion in Politics, Symbolic Action, The Rhetoric of Hitler's Battle, Barack Obama on Jeremiah Wright, Rhetoric of Religion
  • Volume: 1
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2011
  • ISSN: 2154-8633 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8641 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v01i01/51102
  • Citation: Greene, David. 2011. "Logology, Guilt, and the Rhetoric of Religious Discourse: A Burkean Analysis of Religious Language in Contemporary Politics." The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 1 (1): 97-106. doi:10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v01i01/51102.
  • Extent: 10 pages

Abstract

In “The Rhetoric of Religion” Kenneth Burke developed the concept of “logology” as a way of studying how religious language works, “not from the standpoint of their truth or falsity as statements about the supernatural, but purely for the light they throw upon the forms of language.” Burke’s dramatistic theory of rhetoric as symbolic action, based on his concepts of guilt, terministic screens, and identification through consubstantiality help us to understand how religious language is functioning in the political sphere.