Part of the Christian Worldview Integration Series
Whether setting about to love our neighbor, to settle a dispute, to share in the suffering of others or to speak up on behalf of the marginalized, we inevitably must engage in communication. And what could be more natural, more human, than communication?
But we all learn quickly enough that good communication is not always natural. There is much to learn from Scripture and from the academic study of human communication. Tim Muehlhoff and Todd Lewis are able guides, aiding us in understanding the broad field of human communication in Christian perspective.
Here they offer readers a vital assessment of the power of words, perspective-taking, persuasion and conflict managementall in an effort to improve our abilities to communicate forgiveness and shape the world we live in for the good. Special attention is focused on the place of Christians as counterpublicsthose who offer alternative perspectives to the dominant voices in society.
About the Author
Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D., University of North Carolina) has served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ since 1986. He is associate professor of communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California.
Todd V. Lewis (Ph.D., Louisiana State) is professor of communication studies at Biola University, where he teaches courses in the history and practice of oral interpretation and has coached intercollegiate forensics.
Table of Contents
Series Preface 7
Part 1 Understanding the Components of Communication
1 The Power of Human Communication 37
2 Perspective Taking: Engaging the Views of Others 49
3 Words! Words! Words! We Can Only Imagine 66
4 Persuasion: Spiritual Power or Manipulation and Rhetorical Tricks? 80
Part 2 Applying Communication
5 Before the Sun Sets: Conflict and Christian Unity 101
6 Communicating Forgiveness 118
7 Communicating About and Evaluating the Messages of Popular Culture 131
8 Resident Aliens: Christians as Counterpublics 146
9 Postmodern Times and Christian Counterpublics, Part 1 159
10 Postmodern Times and Christian Counterpublics, Part 2 171
11 Abnormal Communication: A Christian Response to the Argument Culture 181
12 Social Justice: Speaking for the Marginalized 197
Final Thoughts 212
What People are Saying About This
"In Authentic Communication, Tim Muehlhoff and Todd Lewis perform a valuable service for Christian students of communication by bringing a biblical worldview to bear on key concepts in our field. I'm particularly struck by their chapter-length treatments of perspective-taking, conflict, forgiveness, social justice, postmodernism and the argument culture in which we live."
Em Griffin, author of A First Look at Communication Theory
"If you want to wed communication theory with practice in ways that promote authenticity, foster community and serve the needs of others, then this book will challenge you. If you want to respond faithfully to postmodern messages in ways that demonstrate your commitment to biblical truths and respect for others, then this book will serve you and those around you well. In engaging and accessible ways, Muehlhoff and Lewis help readers to think Christianly about communication by illuminating complex communication theories and concepts from biblical perspectives. This book is a reminder that Scripture treats words, and our use of them, very seriously."
Robert H. Woods Jr., J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, Department of Communication and Media, Spring Arbor University
"Authentic Communication pops with insights and ideas about how we can communicate more faithfully in a world filled with miscommunication. The authors practice what they preach too, courageously using their own lives as stories for us to learn from. I recommend the book highly."
Quentin J. Schultze, Arthur H. DeKruyter Chair, DeVos Communication Center, Calvin College