Do we communicate effectively?

(This post is for those of you that watched the video from the previous post.)

In his book, Escape from Reason, Francis Schaeffer elucidates a critical problem with the methodology of our communication. He states:
“Every generation of Christians has this problem of learning how to speak meaningfully to its own age. It cannot be solved without an understanding of the changing existential situation which it faces. If we are to communicate the Christian faith effectively, therefore, we must know and understand the thought-forms of our own generation.”

Initially, his phrase “thought-forms” was an alien term to myself, being removed a few generations from Schaeffer himself. However, upon reading the book and considering his assertion, his idea that the need for effective communication is as relevant today as it was in times past.

Philosophers are especially notorious for using their own special lingo. While being careful to not submit the idea that we dumb down our terminology, we must seek to effectively engage and meet people where they are at…terminologically speaking. It is one thing to know something, but it is quite another thing to be able to effectively communicate it cross-culturally and cross-generationally.

May we as the bearers of the Truth seek to be effective in our communication efforts!


2 Responses to Do we communicate effectively?

  1. Jonah says:

    That is really refreshing. Too many times we delve into our own coloquiallisms (see, I just did it) and at the same time we lose credibility because who wants to talk to someone like that? I agree, we cannot water down the truth. But I also think that there is a truth that is missed in the verse where it talks about being “in” the world and not “of” the world. Too many times, this is seen as a license to get into our Holy huddles and not deal with people on a level of compassion, understanding, and even simple civility.


  2. Clint says:

    I am reminded where Paul relates to the philosophers of his day by discussing his God in reference to their “Unknown god.” Truly, his apologetic prowess is admirable. He was able to “bridge the gap” and communicate in a way that would be comprehensible by those listening.

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