Thinking in Story

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Thinking in Story: Preaching in a Post-literate Age, by Richard A. Jensen

Jensen describes how we live in a time when people do not get massaged by words on a page. The ear and the other senses are massaged by the sound of words. The story fills the senses by its sounds and not how the words look on the page.

Preaching in an oral culture

  1. Stitching stories together
  2. Use of repetition
  3. Situational vs. abstraction
  4. A tone of conflict
  5. Right brain communication
  6. Metaphors of participation
  7. Thinking in story.

Preaching in a Literate Culture

  1. Linear development of ideas
  2. Structure ideas in space
  3. Propositions as the main points
  4. Analytical in nature
  5. Left brain communication
  6. Metaphors of illustration
  7. Thinking in ideas

(page 43)

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