A FEW YEARS AGO IT DAWNED ON ME THAT some of my students thought differently than I did. I mean literally that their thinking process was different. Though able to read and write, they truly came alive when discussing television shows or movies. Their powers of analysis were greater in this arena than in the traditional literary one. From that point on I increasingly sensed that my fate might parallel that of the dinosaurs. Our culture had passed over some great divide, and I was on the other side.
But I was not bereft of tools to engage this new world. Having spent many years of my life studying parables, I recognized that this new age exhibited striking similarities to that bygone era of orality. The tools I have developed as a scholar enable me perhaps to begin a conversation among myself, the ancient biblical texts, and modern American movies. I confess to feeling at times like an anthropologist in a strange village, only now the village is an electronic global one.
My goal for this conversation is both simple and ambitious. I want to begin to lay a foundation for hermeneutics in an electronic age. How will the Christian gospel find expression in this new age? I recognize the irony of writing about something that is essentially visual, but then again I’m a dinosaur. It is easy to recognize that print