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Redemptive Analogies

Communicating Christian meaning

Don Richardson defined the concept of redemptive analogy in his books Peace Child and Eternity in Their Hearts. He explained how, embedded in a culture, there is usually some practice or understanding which can be used to demonstrate the Gospel. Findings these sometimes unexpected keys has been called a gorilla moment.

Of course, the idea was not really new. Jesus used the technique all the time in his story-telling: “The kingdom of God is like ...” Many of the prophets used it too, and preachers down the years. The gospel stories are so familiar to us, that we completely overlook the fact that Jesus‚ method of communication was totally revolutonary, used redemptive analogy within story-telling, and was something very close to street theater.

The concept of redemptive analogy is a part of contextualizaton – that is, presenting the Gospel in terms which relate to the particular culture.

Increasingly, in a postmodern post-Christian culture, we need to employ the same methods in evangelism. The Hollywood Jesus site is employing precisely this technique to illuminate redemptive analagies within current films, as founder Dave Bruce explains.

We believe that using a ‘handle’ or parallel with some secular truth is one of the main keys to using the Web (and indeed other media) for evangelism, because:

This approach is explained in more detail within pages in this section.

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Here are some interesting links relating to redemptive analogy, story-telling, and related themes. Please tell us of others that could be added.
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