|“We must begin where it all begins. God speaks.” This is how Fitting Words Classical Rhetoric text begins in its foreword by Brain Daigle.
There is a danger in putting this kind of book in a young scholar’s hands. It is the same danger in giving a mere human a good education whatsoever: it is a gift that can indeed be used for ill.
If we want to love our neighbor, engage in cultural critique, hear and understand God’s Word, persuade the lost to be found, convince the unfaithful to return, and have the tools to assess where we and others may be going verbally wrong—in short, if we want to be faithful and maturing Christians—then studying rhetoric is not an option; it is not an elective. It is a necessity. And unless we want to learn it poorly, we then need a good path to tread.
Because Rhetoric has been so poorly treated, and but for the grace of God go we, we therefore need a chaperone in this endeavor. We cannot leave her unwed, for a far worse man will find her. We cannot leave her unloved. As Christians, there are no people more burdened with the task of properly courting and committing to Rhetoric. This curriculum is a fitting chaperone for such a calling. Here, in these pages, is our good path.
— Brian Daigle, from the Foreword
Welcome to Fitting Words: Classical Rhetoric.