[KB] rhetoric, religion and war

Dave Spiech davespiech at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 23:04:18 EDT 2015

Here’s a pertinent book on the topic by a colleague of mine:


God and War: American Civil Religion since 1945



Yes, he is a historian, but he also addresses rhetorical themes, as this reviewer points out:

“God and War presents both topics via presidential policies and rhetoric, as well as the written works of public theologians and public intellectuals.”



--David Spiech


From: kb-bounces at kbjournal.org [mailto:kb-bounces at kbjournal.org] On Behalf Of Clarke Rountree
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 12:16 PM
To: kb at kbjournal.org
Subject: [KB] rhetoric, religion and war


Dear Burkelers:


In October I'm hosting an event for the Southern Colloquium on Rhetoric (SCoR). The subject is adapted to a visit by Dr. Jouni Tilli, a Finnish scholar who wrote a book analyzing Finnish Lutheran military clergy during WWII who urged support for fighting the Soviet Union in religious terms.


Typically these events include readings of a few speeches (or other rhetorical artifacts) and a couple of scholarly articles on the subject. I'm looking for recommendations on  both scores. In particular, I'm interested in American (or Western) speeches (pamphlets, etc.) that justify or oppose war on religious grounds, as well as articles that address the issue. I have some ideas, but I need more. In particular, I think the inaugural essay by Bob Ivie in our first issue of KB Journal speaks nicely to GW Bush's use of religion in this way. Obviously, Burke's essay on Mein Kampf might be used, though it isn't directly on point. There are a few essays on pacifists, but not a lot on justifying war through religion, in communication journals (though you can find it in history, political science, and other places).


Any suggestions?


Also, for those interested in attending, it will be a half-day event at my institution on October 16th.







Dr. Clarke Rountree
Chair and Professor of Communication Arts
342 Morton Hall
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, AL  35899
clarke.rountree at uah.edu

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