Modern Oration: Deceit and Manipulation in the Public Square

Aristotle articulated three basic ‘levers’ of persuasion in public oration: Logos, Pathos and Ethos.  Logos (‘reason or order’) is the use of reason/logic and facts to advance an argument.  Pathos (‘emotion or feeling’) seeks to arouse emotions to win arguments.  Ethos (‘character’) is the use of personal character or group connections/solidarity to win arguments.

Skillful, though immoral, orators can often win arguments through the use of lies and deceptions.  Logos is manipulated by presenting faulty arguments (false premises, illogical conclusions, strawman, etc.) or by the use of false information (misleading statistics, partial truths, lies).  Pathos is manipulated by inciting irrational emotions (fear and anger by stoking up class or gender warfare, etc.).  Ethos can be manipulated through false associations (‘I am one of you’) or by assailing an opponent’s character (ad hominem attacks, character assassination).

Modern Man is confused and discouraged by the nature of public debate.  Key influencers (politicians, academics, special interest groups) push agendas to achieve a secular utopia, using scientific persuasion techniques (e.g. focus groups, mass media) to distort and distract.  Deceit is prevalent in a ‘post-modern society’ that debates if ‘truth’ exists leading many to fall deeper and deeper into Sin.

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Jesus Christ – Divine Orator – The Perfection of Ethos, Pathos and Logos

Jesus Christ, the Divine Orator, comes to decisively argue His case in the Eternal Argument that contrasts the way of Satan and the way of God. Much is at stake in the Eternal Argument, not only human happiness on earth, but the eternal salvation of souls.

Jesus Christ is the Divine Ethos

Jesus Christ is the Divine Pathos

Jesus Christ is the Divine Logos

Jesus Christ’s Public Oration

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