Chapter

The Power of Law

Bernard Cooke

in Power and the Spirit of God

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195174519
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195174518.003.0006
 The Power of Law

Show Summary Details

Preview

Fame and good reputation have long been recognized as powerful forces of motivation. A person's good name and credibility can be enhanced or damaged by report or rumours; to so influence one's public esteem is to exert considerable power. Again, the power of propaganda has often been employed to influence public opinion and acceptance of a regime. Esteem of influential professional groups, such as clergy, doctors or lawyers, provides subtle power for members of those groups, provided they adhere to accepted norms of ‘respectability’. Special credibility attaches to those in ‘sacred’ offices or those with a reputation for sanctity.

Keywords: credibility; fame; propaganda; reputation; respectability; sanctity

Chapter.  3527 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.