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17 October 2011

Big Thoughts

I have a big thought brewing.

It goes something along these lines....

How do we make the Christian faith intelligible in a post-modern world?

10 comments:

michael said...

If you have the solution to this pressing question please let me know what it is.

Bayazid said...

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Anonymous said...

What exactly do you mean by "intelligble"? (Beyond the literal meaning of course)

Chris J.

mtjofmcap said...

By intelligible, I mean that it is sensible to the recipient.

In other words, how can the Christian faith be made sensible to a Confirmation student?

UP said...

By example. Isn't that was Jesus did? Isn't that what Francis did? Unfortunately, in this world, there are too many mixed messages about what is "the Christian faith."

mtjofmcap said...

I'm with you on the example piece, UP. But you bring up the caveat: what is the example for which we are going? Scary, I know!

Anonymous said...

"what is the example for which we are going?"
If we don't even know the answer to this, as leaders in the faith, then there's the (or a) big problem. Looks like we've got to pray and study the Word hard(er) to learn what example Jesus was setting before we go and try and set that example for others.

Are we living that example out in our lives? (Or, working diligently everyday to live it out?)

Anonymous said...

Going with your response to me (teaching Confirmation students, i.e. ninth graders[i think]), with a hat tip to the legendary UP, by example. What I mean by this is through modern-day parables that you create. You need to be familiar with your audience before you do this, of course. But generally the kids that age are into the celebrity culture and sports, so work those in. If you are trying to make it intelligble for adults, that would probably be more difficult due to the level of cynicism that is out there. Don't know if this is what you were looking for, but...

Chris J

Anonymous said...

"Unfortunately, in this world, there are too many mixed messages about what is 'the Christian faith.'"

--UP, this is an excellent point and probably the biggest obstacle. Christianity today is such a mixed message, with a ton of misinformation out there thanks to talking heads, pundits, and the internet.

Chris J

Tonya said...

I agree with the previous individual. You have to deliver the message in a package that is favorable to your audience. The message itself, of course, does not change. The core beliefs of Christianity will always be the same no matter how the world around us evolves. That was the beauty of Jesus' teachings. His word was true then, now, and will forever be... We just have to speak in the language of today's youth :-)