Wednesday, June 26, 2002


I've mentioned this a couple of times in blogposts. This morning I respond to a question on faithconnect asking me to describe briefly what this term means. Here's what I said:


John W asked:

[in simple terms] can you explain this transpropositional thing, like what it means, im not really sure about it right now, seen it used alot lately.


Ok. Transpropositionality is an aspect of reality that we've discussed on faithmaps. It's not a new concept but perhaps we've suggested a bit of a new formulation of it.

In a nutshell, you're a dad, right? When you hug your child, you are communicating with her in transpropositional ways. When you say, "I love you" you are communicating in propositional ways. But your hug serves *and* communicates in ways that words cannot. You are accessing her right brain and not primarily her left by your hug. God does the same with us. We must do the same with others.

We have suggested that evangelicalism is addicted to the proposition and addicted to information as the omnicompetent modality of spiritual formation. When Mark 3:14 records,

And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach,

(emphasis mine)

we see that Jesus service to His disciples was transpropositional. i.e. they gained from His words, certainly, but they also gained **simply from His being *with* them**. He conveyed truth and love to them in ways that transcended mere words and sentences.

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Hope this helps!

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