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Torn Between Two Worlds: Wisdom and Rhetoric

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So, even if science and religion work together to break down barriers and expand the understanding of the universe, there is another battle, on different dimension that we need to examine. Knowledge without wisdom can be even more dangerous when coupled with someone talented in rhetoric. Rhetoric in this book is defined as the use of knowledge and beautiful speech to achie ...more
Kindle Edition, 46 pages
Published October 4th 2017 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Xia Xia
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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If you love reading essays about philosophy, religious studies and ancient history, I recommend this book. It’s very short and the writing style is simple and not overly pompous as many such essays are these days.

What I liked about “Torn between two worlds: Wisdom and Rhetoric” were the premises discussed: wisdom vs. dogma, and rhetoric as a tool that can be used for evil in the wrong hands. The author asks many questions which I have often asked myself:
1. if the 2nd law of the Ten commandment
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Lucia
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shawn Murphy’s Torn Between two Worlds: Rhetoric and Wisdom is a very small book which attempts to illustrate how negative rhetoric can be an obstacle to wisdom. The notion of wisdom is clarified as philosophical wisdom. I understand 46 pages are not enough to develop such a vast topic but it feels as if the limited space forces the author to make sweeping statements to compress information, which lack depth and they do not add much to the argument. Things such as ‘The forces of rhetoric triumph ...more
Adrian Rose
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
This is the second of three books that this author has written about the differences between the ordinary mundane world and the world of faith. All in all, I have to say that I liked this book better than the first, as it has more in it that is relevant to everyday life. It talks about the difference between wisdom and rhetoric, and this is something that our society is very much in need of being able to discern. Learning to look at things from the view of wisdom and logic rather than through th ...more
Blue Librarian
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a world where long and pompous speeches are often what defines a good leader to have them questioned like Shawn Murphy does it is refreshing.
Because he is right, there is a serious gap between a passionate speech that comes from wisdom and it is done for the greater good and a speech that has minimal base in science, but it is very persuasive but lacks truthfulness and usefulness.
Many of us are painfully aware of this truth and we often block out the words of our leaders because we question t
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Harrison
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
'Rhetoric' refers in general to the study of the structure of verbal communication in an attempt to persuade. In common usage, however, it has negative connotations of deception, slander, and the pursuit of personal gain.
It is the latter understanding which Shawn Murphy addresses in this second book in the "Torn Between Two Worlds" series.
He opines that the use of rhetoric has led to many of the evils of the modern world, and that it will continue to do so until replaced by wisdom, the spread of
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Linda
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rhetoric can be thought of as a Dale Carnegie course on How to Win Friends and Influence People. It is glib; it is artful; it was a major part of ancient and even medieval education but it needs have nothing to do with wisdom - what IS. It subverts religion, science, and contemporary education. Socrates was to have said, “How you have felt. . . at hearing the speeches of my accusers, I cannot tell; but I know that their persuasive words almost made me forget who I was - such was the effect of th ...more
Alejandra  Groff
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Religion and Science trough Philosophy

This book reminded me the stile and concept with which Jostein Gaarder writes. I liked Wisdom and Rhetoric because in 44 pages immerse us in the analysis of religion and science trough philosophy. He quotes and put into perspective great minds and souls such as Socrates, Jesus, Joan of Arc, Einstein, to analyze and understand words in these fields. Words that in the history of religion have been misinterpreted. It’s a very short book considering the enormou
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Red Lioness
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book I felt spoke to exactly what many are thinking this day in age. You have someone who uses rhetoric as their way of communication continuing to expose the ignorance of the masses. Wisdom of many is twisted and hidden. I like how many areas of history and philosophy are interwoven in and gives us a backward looking view on how we need to avoid rhetoric and not let it cloud our wisdom.
Jenny Powell
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent hour spent reading.

I love books that help me view the world in fresh ways. This is just such a book! This work stands well alone, but there are two other books in the series. I intend to read the two other books, too. This is a great idea for anyone interested in philosophy, religion or science.
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