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The outsider and the word of God; a study in Christian communication.

Author: James Sellers
Publisher: New York, Abingdon Press, [1961]
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Sellers, James, 1926-
Outsider and the word of God.
New York, Abingdon Press, [1961]
(OCoLC)1040272583
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Sellers
OCLC Number: 1490057
Description: 240 pages 23 cm
Contents: 1. Who is the outsider? --
Type 1: Christians by osmosis --
Type 2: Christians with Roving Eye --
A word of outsiders --
Speaking to the outsider --
The special problem of the Non- adherent --
The ever-present need of revival --
The scramble for mass media --
II. Can we make contact with the outsider? --
First round of a controversy: Image of God --
Brunner's attack on Barth --
Barth's "Angry reply" --
Barth's newer views --
Second round: The human situation --
Difficulties with Barth's view --
Tillich's apologetic theology --
An impasse --
Solution: Contact and conflict --
Bultmann's proposal --
Summary --
III. How second century Christians approached the outsider --
"Point of contact" in the second century --
Philosophy --
Natural Perception --
Scripture --
The impulse beyond authority --
The latent church among pagans --
IV. Seeking the outsider today --
Point of contact with the Christianized outsider --
Overcoming the illusion of Christianity --
An approach to apologetic method --
The use of mass communication in reaching the outsider --
A comparison with the second century --
A point of view toward mass media --
The meaning of "Symbol" --
The difference between Symbol and sign --
The dialogic character of symbols. V. Can we talk directly about religion to the outsider? Secular communicators and christian symbols --
The religious journalists --
The feature writer --
Bias of the medium --
Results of explicit christian symbols --
Inability to hear --
The absence of dialogue --
Summary --
VI. An indirect approach to the outsider~ through his anxieties --
time --
The daily newspaper and time --
The concept of kairos --
Space --
Excitement about space --
Country weeklies and travel sections --
Causality --
Television's yen to talk causality --
The tranquilizing of news magazines --
Substance --
The creation of wants by advertising --
The permanence of pictures --
Substance on the society page --
The secular apology --
VII. Can the church use mass media for seeking the outsider? --
The use of explicit christian symbols --
The pictoral media --
Evangelism --
Language simplification --
The use of explicit religious symbols by laymen --
The use of nonreligious language --
Ancillary publicizing --
Antiproclamation --
The symbolic environment --
Postscript: A practical approach to the outsider.

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