Mormon Rhetoric and the Theory of Organic Evolution Mormon Rhetoric and the Theory of Organic Evolution
However, citing more scriptures and prophets, or possessing a higher priesthood position does not automatically make a rhetor's argument supreme in the LDS Church. A rhetorical analysis of the Roberts/Smith debate demonstrates that rhetoric in the LDS Church is not judged solely by the rhetor's position of authority or by the rhetor's citation of authority (e.g., canonized scripture or modern prophets); rather, the rhetor's rhetoric is judged, at least to a degree, on its own merits. Ethos provides one approach or window into the rhetoric of evolution discourse, but uncovers many other possible approaches. More rhetorical studies of the evolution debates taking place in the LDS Church and in other specific religious settings will likely reveal much more about the way that ethos and other elements of rhetoric inform the seemingly endless evolution/religion discussion.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:evolution rhetoric roberts smith mormon lds ethos discourse debates darwin
Date of Publication:06/05/2008