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Articles tagged Five Canons of Rhetoric

The “Official Which” and the Canon of Rhetoric

We engage in the art of rhetoric in order to persuade others to the true, the good, or the beautiful. Any act of persuasion that seeks to move someone toward the false, the bad, or the ugly—intentional or not—is an act of sophistry. What often moves or persuades...
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What Is Rhetoric?

I am going to say the word “rhetoric.” I want you to pause for a moment, close your eyes, and then record your first impression of the word. As moderns, we often think of a sound bite, the speech of a slick politician, or even of outright lies. The word has been...
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Cultivating Curiosity: The Art of Asking Questions

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Was your own education boring? Do your kids ever complain about boredom? This is a sure sign that we are not finding the wonder and loveliness of God’s world. How can we learn to look for it? By being curious and asking questions! Do you worry that you can never learn...
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The Common Topics and the Universe

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by David
Friday, 04 October, 2013
categories: Classical Christian Education
OK, I am like a kid with a new BB gun. I do not really know how to use it, but it looks like so much fun. In that spirit, please allow me to wield Aristotle’s common topics. I just hope I do not shoot somebody’s eye out. Aristotle’s common topics of invention serve as...
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How Leading a Gigantic Socratic Dialogue Taught Me to Lead Smaller Socratic Dialogues

by Matt
Wednesday, 01 May, 2013
categories: Rhetoric Stage (ages 14 to 18)
In early April, I traveled with my Challenge IV class to Staunton, Virginia’s Blackfriar’s Theater to see Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar on stage. The night before the play, we met with a couple of other Challenge groups at Youth Development Inc.’s lodge for fellowship,...
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