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On Chinese Religious Rhetoric

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This chapter focuses systematically on the relationship between religion and Chinese language, the relationship between religion and rhetoric, the connotations and types of religious rhetoric, rhetorical methods and religious styles. Based on the relationship between religion and language, the chapter discusses the relationship between religion and rhetoric and analyses the types of religious rhetoric. It probes into influences of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity on Chinese rhetorical perspectives, means, methods, strategies, principles, styles. The chapter sums up types of rhetorical means and methods in religious things, events and activities and dissects Chinese religious styles and their characteristics. Finally the chapter explains the significance of studies on Chinese religious rhetoric.

Keywords: Chinese language; Chinese religious rhetoric; Chinese religious styles



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