The Art of Manipulation?October 8, 2008
Following on from John Piper’s excellent talk “Is there Christian Eloquence?” I’ve been pondering what is and is not acceptable in terms of Christian eloquence. To be honest, I sometimes find the lines a little blurry.
The above clip from TD Jakes is at one at level an example of powerful eloquence. Much of it, however, leaves me smiling at the irony that the clip should be entitled “The art of manipulation?” From a rhetorical point of view – not least during the last 60 seconds -Jakes is certainly ‘working the crowd.’
I’d be interested to hear what everyone thinks.
ps. I hasten to add, that I have significant problems with much of Jakes’ theology. At this point, I am only referencing his style.