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Evangelical Eloquence

A Course of Lectures on Preaching

Evangelical Eloquence
Look Inside Price £6.25
Weight 0.36 kg
Dimensions 18.1 x 12.1 x 2.3 cm
isbn

9780851517735

binding

Paperback

format

Book

Original Pub Date

1870

Banner Pub Date

Jan 1, 1999

topic

Preaching & Teaching

page-count

361

Book Description

In these days of the soundbite and the autocue, public speaking is a declining art-form, though it is not extinct and still has its own weight and force.

In New Testament times, unlike today, rhetoric was a highly regarded skill and works were written about it which are still read. Dabney quotes liberally from these, but does not always agree with them. He knew that gospel preaching was not to be ‘with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect’.

‘Evangelical eloquence’, for Dabney, was unique. It consisted in ‘the soul’s virtuous energy exerted through speech’ which applied ‘the authority of God to the conscience’ and formed ‘the image of Christ upon the souls of men’.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  LECTURE I.  
  INTRODUCTORY 13
  LECTURE II.  
  THE PREACHER’S COMMISSION 30
  LECTURE III.  
  DISTRIBUTION OF SUBJECTS 49
  LECTURE IV.  
  THE SAME TOPICS CONTINUED 63
  LECTURE V.  
  THE TEXT 74
  LECTURE VI.  
  THE TEXT (Continued) 93
  LECTURE VII.  
  CARDINAL REQUISITES OF THE SERMON 105
  LECTURE VIII.  
  CARDINAL REQUISITES OF THE SERMON (Continued) 121
  LECTURE IX.  
  CONSTITUENT MEMBERS OF THE SERMON 137
  LECTURE X.  
  CONSTITUENT MEMBERS OF THE SERMON (Continued). – EXPLICATION AND PROPOSITION 154
  LECTURE XI.  
  CONSTITUENT MEMBERS OF DISCOURSE (Continued). – ARGUMENT AND CONCLUSION 168
  LECTURE XII.  
  SOURCES OF ARGUMENT 179
  LECTURE XIII.  
  RULES OF ARGUMENT 191
  LECTURE XIV.  
  RULES OF ARGUMENT (Continued) 205
  LECTURE XV.  
  DIVISION OF THE ARGUMENT 214
  LECTURE XVI.  
  PERSUASION 233
  LECTURE XVII.  
  PERSUASION (Continued) 247
  LECTURE XVIII.  
  PREACHER’S CHARACTER WITH HEARERS 261
  LECTURE XIX.  
  STYLE 271
  LECTURE XX.  
  STYLE (Continued) 288
  LECTURE XXI.  
  ACTION 303
  LECTURE XXII.  
  ACTION (Continued) 318
  LECTURE XXIII.  
  MODES OF PREPARATION 328
  LECTURE XXIV.  
  PUBLIC PRAYER 345

 

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