Offers a holistic Christian view of communication, showing the implications for using it to work toward peace and justice.
Offers a holistic Christian view of communication, showing the vast array of implications for using this gift to responsibly work toward peace and justice.
Quentin J. Schultze (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is professor of communication arts and sciences at Calvin College. He is the co-author of several books, including
Internet for Christians and Dancing in the Dark: Youth, Popular Culture and the Electronic Media.
Communicating for Life
This book was a super read. Schultze is very much in touch with the pulse of society. Moreover, he is well aware of the Christians place within such a culture. This book caught me by surprise somewhat. I dont really know what I expected Schultze to do in his book, but I found his major theme of living our communication in peace to be very interesting . . . as well as refreshing. He helped me see the overall responsibility of communication - that as a believer in the Gospel, I constantly communicate within the contexts of my community. I was touched by his ability to convey the fact that we are in constant communication with our culture; therefore, we must be aware of all that we communicate in our actions, words, and symbols. I also liked the fact that he stressed over and over again that Christians are to communicate in shalom in order to do justice to those who are voiceless, powerless, and oppressed. In a way, his work is somewhat paralleled by the book of Amos. Amos spoke out about how it is necessary for the believer in Yahweh to pursue justice in the life of the community and life in the spiritual realm as well. I liked the way Schultze wrote. He was able to use the Running A Story technique well; that is, he would constantly come back to a story previously mentioned. These regressions really kept one mindful of the issues by giving the reader a picture to go along with the commentary. Schultze was upfront with his message about the redeeming power of Jesus Christ; but, he was also upfront with the necessity of promoting that message with truth spoken in love. That is, we must and are obligated to speak the truth, but it must be done from the motive of love for those to whom we communicate.
February 17, 2001
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