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How Long Is the Bridge to Postmoderns: (Part 5)

Take into account three changes in how people now think, and you can get a hearing.

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This is the fifth article in a five-part series. To read previous articles in the series, click: part one, part two, part three, part four.

In the first three articles in this series, we noted some of the mental habits of our postmodern fellow countrymen. Painting with broad brushstrokes, we characterized the postmodern mind as skeptical of certainty, rejecting of moral absolutes, and on guard against control. That raises the critical question: How does one preach to a world whose mind is imbued with relativism and on guard against the subversions of rhetoric?

Breaking Down Walls: The Form of Our Message

Two metaphors suggest the direction I think we should go with sermon form: the coffee house and the interactive museum exhibit.Modernist communication media, dominated by print culture and oratory, was largely one-way communication as receivers read papers and listened to speeches. The media did not favor audience response. Postmodern communication, dominated by speed-of-light images and interactive ...

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