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Preaching in a Disenchanted Age
- Course Dates: Tue 6 June 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
One of the great challenges of preaching today is that we preach to people who are not simply weary of religion or distracted from the life of faith by a busy world.
Rather, we preach to people who have radically different ways of thinking than previous generations. Many, if not most, people today lack what our ancestors took for granted: a perception of God present and active in the fabric of everyday life. That awareness has been replaced with a single-minded focus on scientific knowledge and rational logic. Some have called this change “secularity,” and others have called it “disenchantment.” Either way, it’s a new environment in which preaching happens, and the question is, “How can we possibly preach to this age?”
During this day we will explore how preachers might speak to a disenchanted age by taking up three specific “languages” of preaching: the language of enchantment (which seeks to re-enchant the imaginations of hearers), the language of wisdom (which seeks to describe faithful living not as an abstraction but in practical, on-the-ground ways), and the language of disruption (which seeks to shake the foundations of the assumed world).