[W]e are today witnessing the return of religion. As the French writer and statesman André Malraux predicted, the twenty-first century would be religious. This is why it is important—and perhaps why it is the duty of us academics and intellectuals—to find new ways of thinking about religion in a world where unthinking and depraved uses of religion can be dangerous. We should not forget, however, that for many linking rhetoric and religion remains new and daring.-Laurent Pernot, “The Rhetoric of… Read more

by Tom Fuerst Now that Doug Jones has officially won the senatorial race in Alabama, I feel I can reflect on what a truly Christian response to the Roy Moore allegations might look like without seeming like I’m pushing a partisan agenda. Admittedly, I have never been a fan of Moore’s theology and the way it plays out in his politics. Each summer when I teach through the Old Testament with my college interns, we do a lesson on the… Read more

We are pleased to announce that the Founder and Managing Editor of the R3 blog, Andre E. Johnson will give the keynote address at the MLK Celebration on Friday evening, January 19, 2018, at 7 pm on the campus of Willamette University. The title of his talk is “Why America May Go To Hell”: The Prophetic Pessimism of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Trump Era.” Below is the abstract of the talk. For more information on other events, click here.  Abstract… Read more

by Tom Fuerst It’s one thing for Christians to have a particular perspective on the end-times and how it’ll all play out. But a segment of the Christian population has taken their end-times scheme into their own hands, for years now, attempting to elect politicians who will arrange the political pecking order in such a way that their eschatological agenda is forcibly realized. They lobby and promote agendas that privilege Israel, no matter whether Israel is just or good to… Read more

from The Rhetoric of Religious Freedom in the United States, edited by Eric C. Miller. (Lexington Books, 2017). Abstract: In this chapter, I examine Donald Trump’s rhetoric of religious freedom specifically aimed at appealing to black voters. I first examine briefly two speeches given to predominately-white audiences. In those speeches, while arguably focusing his appeal on economics and jobs, he did it by creating a dystopian view of the African American community. It was this dystopian view and his promise to… Read more

by T. Max Christie McMillan  In a previous post on Facebook, I explained that flirting and sexual harassment are not one and the same, citing my extensive HR (Employee Relations/EEO) experience as part of the premise for my position. This gave rise to some questions, concerns, and some comment section and inbox push back. So, allow me to be clear. If you look at what is happening to men in the public eye and this scares you, consider what you are… Read more

by Derrick Holmes I believe that our deepest love for something (or someone) is often made manifest in how honest we are about its current state. This demonstrates the depth of the devotion we have toward it. It must be the most genuine variety of love for the feeling to remain despite the dysfunction or demons (pun intended) evident in them. That love not only exposes things that might be wrong but it also empowers us to confidently confront the… Read more

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, our founder and managing editor, Dr. Andre E. Johnson, was a special guest on radio station 1340 WLOK’s Let’s Talk About It with Twana Coleman. The subject of their conversation was politics. They discussed the election in Virginia and New Jersey, Trump and the Russian hacking scandal and the role of race plays in electoral politics. See the discussion below. Donate to the Work of R3 Like the work, we do at Rhetoric Race and… Read more

We here at R3 are pleased to announce the publication of the Rhetoric of Religious Freedom in the United States edited by Eric C. Miller. We are also pleased to announce that R3 founder and managing editor, Andre E. Johnson has a chapter in the book. Pre-order your copy today. About the Book: The Rhetoric of Religious Freedom in the United States, fifteen scholars from this field address the variety of forms that free, public religiosity may assume, and which rhetorical… Read more

The R3 book series is pleased to announce the publication of  Contemporary Christian Culture: Message, Mission, and Dilemmas edited by Omotayo O. Banjo and Kesha Morant Willimas.  Pre-order your copy today!  About the Book: Contemporary Christian Culture: Messages, Missions, and Dilemmas studies Christian media, its meanings, and its impact on social perceptions and lived experiences in a multicultural context and from within a communication framework. This interdisciplinary collection expands the dialogue surrounding race, culture, and Christian messages and provides a valuable resource… Read more

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