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The Rhetorical Device of Assigned Mendacity

The Rhetorical Device of Assigned Mendacity  —  An instructive essay by Mark Bauerlein that can be used to alert students to a technique in discourse sometimes used to distract and discredit the religious perspective.   This form of the indirect ad hominem occurs in policy debates and legal decisions and can be detected with a little training and practice.  Bauerlein includes examples here in “How Deep is Your Faith, Really?”

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