Foul Demons, Come Out!: The Rhetoric of Twentieth-Century American Faith Healing (Hardback)
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Foul Demons, Come Out!: The Rhetoric of Twentieth-Century American Faith Healing (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 30/07/1999
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Pullum examines the rhetorical genre of 20th-century American faith healing. He first analyzes respectively the rhetoric of Aimee Semple McPherson, William Branham, Oral Roberts, Asa Alonzo Allen, Ernest Angley, Kathryn Kuhlman, and Benny Hinn-the most prominent American faith healers of this century. For each, he discusses their background, the nature of the audiences to whom they preached, and why they were so successful. Pullum concludes by drawing together the major rhetorical features of faith-healing discourse.

Pullum shows that faith-healing discourse follows the strategy of offering hope to the hopeless, giving God the glory, articulating humble beginnings, offering testimony of past personal afflictions overcome, and drawing on scripture to bolster their claims. This discourse is often presented in dynamic fashion, making it not only credible, but entertaining as well. After elucidating the rhetorical patterns of faith healers, Pullum evaluates claims of the miraculous in light of the standard that they set for themselves. In other words, miracles as presented by faith healers are juxtaposed to the types one reads about in the Bible. Pullum also attempts to account for why people claim miraculous cures in spite of the fact that nothing miraculous has occurred in the services of faith healers.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275960834
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[a] significant contribution to scholarship addressing ministerial work of individuals in the pentecostal movement, which has until fairly recently been negelected by the academic community. His analysis of rhetorical style and techniques, however, it is truly groundbreaking and will serve as a springboard for further research. Pullman's comparison of Biblical and modern "miracles" is especially useful because he makes the comparison not as an apologist or as a debater, but as a thoughtful academic."-Florida College
"Besides being well research and written in captivating prose (together with some good photographs), the author has managed to capture a sense of that wildly diverse entity, the relationship between audience and faith healer....Pullum has contributed to the field of historical homiletics by asking preachers to consider rhetorically just how, why, and for whom faith-healing rhetoric is used and whyit enjoys such popularity."-Homiletic
"Ya significant contribution to scholarship addressing ministerial work of individuals in the pentecostal movement, which has until fairly recently been negelected by the academic community. His analysis of rhetorical style and techniques, however, it is truly groundbreaking and will serve as a springboard for further research. Pullman's comparison of Biblical and modern "miracles" is especially useful because he makes the comparison not as an apologist or as a debater, but as a thoughtful academic."-Florida College
?Besides being well research and written in captivating prose (together with some good photographs), the author has managed to capture a sense of that wildly diverse entity, the relationship between audience and faith healer....Pullum has contributed to the field of historical homiletics by asking preachers to consider rhetorically just how, why, and for whom faith-healing rhetoric is used and whyit enjoys such popularity.?-Homiletic
?[a] significant contribution to scholarship addressing ministerial work of individuals in the pentecostal movement, which has until fairly recently been negelected by the academic community. His analysis of rhetorical style and techniques, however, it is truly groundbreaking and will serve as a springboard for further research. Pullman's comparison of Biblical and modern "miracles" is especially useful because he makes the comparison not as an apologist or as a debater, but as a thoughtful academic.?-Florida College

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