Lecture probes links between religious rhetoric and the presidency

Martin J. Medhurst, who teaches political science and rhetoric and communication at Baylor University, is hosting a lecture at the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy on Oct. 25.

The lecture, “Religious Rhetoric and the Presidency: Lessons from George Washington to Barack Obama,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Cone Chapel of Waller Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Medhurst says he plans to discuss lessons people learn from this often-overlooked subject.

“I’m excited about religious rhetoric and the presidency because it is a perennial topic, and one that is often dismissed as merely campaign fluff or disparaged as pandering for votes,” Medhurst says.

“By studying the history of religious discourse and the presidency, we can learn important lessons — not just about the past, but about today as well.”

Medhurst has written numerous books and is a regular contributor to various communications journals. He also serves as the series editor for the Rhetoric and Religion Series at Baylor University Press in Texas.

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