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  • Publisher: Banner of Truth
  • Publication Date: January 1999
  • ISBN: SDABNEROLEVANGELICALELOQUENCE9780851517735

Evangelical Eloquence: A Course of Lectures of Preaching

Dabney, Robert L.

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In these days of the soundbite and the autocue, public speaking is a declining art-form, though it is not extinct and still has its own weight and force.

In New Testament times, unlike today, rhetoric was a highly regarded skill and works were written about it which are still read. Dabney quotes liberally from these, but does not always agree with them. He knew that gospel preaching was not to be ‘with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect’.

‘Evangelical eloquence’, for Dabney, was unique. It consisted in ‘the soul’s virtuous energy exerted through speech’ which applied ‘the authority of God to the conscience’ and formed ‘the image of Christ upon the souls of men’.

About the Author

Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898), born and reared in Virginia, served the Scots-Irish congregation at Tinkling Spring from 1847 to 1853 when he went to Union Theological Seminary, Hampden-Sydney. There, except for service in the Civil War – when he was Adjutant-General of General Jackson’s ‘Stonewall’ Brigade – he pastored the College Church until 1874 and prepared students for the gospel ministry until 1883.

At the age of 64, in broken health, he moved to Texas to teach in the new University and to be the co-founder and Professor in the Austin School of Theology.

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In these days of the soundbite and the autocue, public speaking is a declining art-form, though it is not extinct and still has its own weight and force.

In New Testament times, unlike today, rhetoric was a highly regarded skill and works were written about it which are still read. Dabney quotes liberally from these, but does not always agree with them. He knew that gospel preaching was not to be ‘with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect’.

‘Evangelical eloquence’, for Dabney, was unique. It consisted in ‘the soul’s virtuous energy exerted through speech’ which applied ‘the authority of God to the conscience’ and formed ‘the image of Christ upon the souls of men’.

About the Author

Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898), born and reared in Virginia, served the Scots-Irish congregation at Tinkling Spring from 1847 to 1853 when he went to Union Theological Seminary, Hampden-Sydney. There, except for service in the Civil War – when he was Adjutant-General of General Jackson’s ‘Stonewall’ Brigade – he pastored the College Church until 1874 and prepared students for the gospel ministry until 1883.

At the age of 64, in broken health, he moved to Texas to teach in the new University and to be the co-founder and Professor in the Austin School of Theology.

  • Cover Type:
  • 361 Pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth
  • Publication Date: January 1999
  • ISBN: SDABNEROLEVANGELICALELOQUENCE9780851517735