Samuel Chiang on Orality and Missions Today 3


Strike the MatchIt has been said that since Gutenberg the Christian faith has walked on “literate legs.” And while we are very thankful to have the Bible in our language, we often operate from the assumption that the majority of the world also prefers to learn through literate means.

However, close to 5 billion people in the world are considered oral learners. This means they cannot, do not, or will not take in information by literate paradigms. How such peoples receive, process, remember, and pass along information is critical to the Church’s disciple making and church planting activities.

My guest in this episode is Samuel Chiang, former Executive Director of the International Orality Network. We talk about communicating with oral learners, how mission agencies are embracing oral methods, and his latest book (co-edited with Grant Lovejoy), Beyond Literate Western Practices which followed his 2013 publication (co-edited with Grant Lovejoy), Beyond Literate Western Models.


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3 thoughts on “Samuel Chiang on Orality and Missions Today

  • Jerry Wiles

    Thank you JD,
    Great interview. Welcome to the Orality Movement as we blaze into new territories. We are on an amazing learning journey.
    Blessings, Jerry Wiles

  • Mark Kordic

    We are living in an era that Old Testament prophets and the Apostles longed to experience. Great overview of how orality is reaching the unreached nations like a Gospel flood.