Title page for ETD etd-0616103-114424

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hopson-Sparks, Carol Melissa
URN etd-0616103-114424
Title Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Bridging the Divide between the Jesus Seminar and Its Opponents through a Burkeian Approach
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Speech Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Andrew King Committee Chair
Cecil Eubanks Committee Member
Joshua Gunn Committee Member
Renee Edwards Committee Member
Joe Ricapito Dean's Representative
  • kenneth burke
  • occupational psychosis
  • cluster-agon
Date of Defense 2003-04-28
Availability unrestricted
This study employs a Burkeian cluster-agon analysis approach to analyze the rhetoric of four members of the Jesus Seminar; namely, Robert Funk, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and John Shelby Spong as well as that of two of the Jesus Seminarís critics; Luke Timothy Johnson and N. Thomas Wright. Specifically, this study sought to discern the orientations or perspectives held by each of the examined rhetors in an effort to locate common ground or similar foundations within two seemingly disparate points of view. In doing so, this study creates a third perspective, or corrective, based on the orthopraxis approach of liberation theology that may be appropriated to dissolve other seemingly intractable rhetorical conflicts that threaten to shut down dialogue in conflicts.
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