Wilson, Douglas, and Nathan D. Wilson. The Rhetoric Companion: A Student's Guide to Power in Persuasion. Moscow, Idaho: Canon, 2011.
Lesson 26, “Indirect Information.” pp. 129-131
In this lesson Wilson continues to remind the reader of the importance of metaphor found in the world. Wilson sees words as full of “metaphorical freight” (Wilson 2011, 129). He then uses the hypostatic union of God and man in Christ to say that we “search the world for indicators of ultimate meaning” (Ibid.). His conclusion is that our most fruitful use of language and theology is to allow the Bible to speak vividly. As we read behind the actions to the importance of those actions we find underlying and ultimate meaning. As a rhetorician apparently attempting to force the reader to make inferences, Wilson does not state his conclusion. He merely says, “Let your speech be gravid with metaphor” (Ibid., 131).