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to many. In fact, the whole idea of leaving literature, instead of starting up awkward conversations on the bus or with the waiter in the restaurant, was a contextual and cutting edge idea, for a time. Christians found they could witness just by dropping a pamphlet.
Chick was sure that literature was an essential part of changing worldview at an individual or national level. The tract pictured here, "Missionaries are Fools" uses a catchy title, in the words of a Communist leader in China. The leader tells the missionaries that they are fools, because what Christians have failed to do in a hundred years, the Communists have done in 10, through the use of propaganda. The missionaries go home to ask for more money to buy Chick Tracts (translated into Mandarin, I suppose) but are denied the funds. Hence communism wins, and the gospel loses.
It seems that Jack Chick outlived the era that he pioneered. I wonder if people are still passing out tracts (Please do the survey below to let me know if you still pass out tracts).
Experts on evangelism these days see that building relationships with people must precede inviting people to talk about religion. And the efficacy of changing someone's worldview though an essentially anonymous piece of comic book style literature may be severely limited.
Thanks to Ken Stewart for contributing to this blog entry
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Kenneth Nehrbass, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at Biola University, Author, Pastor