First of all, even if that’s not the way I prefer to learn, there are people who do learn better and respond better to a symbolic story.
And second, good stories can have the same kind of power as good literature or good film. These artistic media can convey certain truths more powerfully and effectively than any essay. Kubric could have written an essay about the absurdity of the cold war, but no essay could come close to communicating that point as well as Dr. Strangelove.
I don’t think most of the stories we tell reach the level of powerful literature, but stories do things that exposition can’t.]]>
When I catch on, I really, really enjoy finding more. I remember when the idea of types and shadows of Christ caught my imagination — I added several dozen instances to the list in the Topical Guide. But without somebody walking me through Moses’s brazen serpent in the desert, I probably never would have spotted types and shadows on my own.]]>
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Just think of the symbol of something say as simple as baptism. How much would it impact your life if your baptism consisted of someone declaring over the pulpit “You’re baptized!” over actually going through the symbolism of it. Same with the sacrament, washings/anointings, etc. etc.]]>