Skip to comments.Bring Back Catholic Pamphlets
Posted on 06/26/2014 6:19:39 AM PDT by marshmallow
A great way to evangelize in the 21st century.
They were smart. They were well written. And they featured bold cartoon colors on the cover that made the viewer take notice.
They were Catholic pamphlets -- little booklets that offered some catechesis about a particular topic: Marriage. The Trinity. Alcoholism. Dating. And during the early to mid 20th century, they served as a powerful means of evangelization. The covers of these pamphlets were the subject of a recent exhibit in Ireland, Vintage Values.
Its time to bring Catholic pamphlets back. The response to such an idea is obvious: Why? The Internet gives us the entire world, indeed the entire universe, at our fingertips. People can find anything they want about the Church in a matter of seconds. Why use print?
The answer is because of the nature of the Internet itself. Studies have shown that when surfing the web, people gravitate towards things they already like. Liberals will go to liberal sites. Movie enthusiasts will go to movie sites. Baseball fans will go to MLB.com. People surf the web to explore hobbies they already like and to reinforce extant political philosophies.
But a pamphlet is different. Not as demanding as a book, yet with more depth than your average blog post, a well-made pamphlet can stick with the reader and get into the consciousness. Imagine the scene: A twenty something women in a big city, say New York or Washington, is walking home from work. Shes handed a pamphlet but a friendly person on the street. The cover is not classical art, but by a contemporary artist, a Christian version of something you might see in The New Yorker. The paper stock and binding would be of high quality. The title is Genuine Freedom by George Weigel. Or Countercultural Chastity by..........
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The twenty something won’t know how to turn it on. :)
TAN books still carries plenty of booklets.
So? YouTube them. Pamphlets were the technology pre-radio; video is the technology today. The Word was spoken before it (He) was written, written before it was printed, printed before it was telegraphed, telegraphed before it was radioed, radioed before it was televisioned, televisioned before it was VCRed, VCRed before it was DVDed, DVDed before it was streamed--but ever and always, it (He) was, is, and always will be the unchanging Word.
I was being sarcastic. It’s sad that nobody can just read a book anymore. It’s getting harder to find books, it is getting harder still to find a printer in some parts.
I like the art work. I don’t remember these, though, and I’ve been around for almost 60 years.
. . . as long as it’s not in cursive.
Some here too.....http://www.catholic.com/tracts
“Its getting harder to find books”
www.amazon.com = all the books you could ever want.
Yes, my dad used to be a printer.
Just not the same as those big old musty used book stores of old. It was a treasure hunt. Amazon leaves me cold and unsettled. :)
Because they support abortion?
“Just not the same as those big old musty used book stores of old. It was a treasure hunt. Amazon leaves me cold and unsettled. :)”
Oh, I know. I just bought two books at a used bookstore yesterday. If it weren’t for the fact that the volumes were there on the shelf for me to browse through I never would have stumbled across a copy of Alfred Bester’s REDEMOLISHED. I did not know such a book of essays and stories by Bester and tributes to Bester existed.
I was being a smarty pants about Amazon, I have never used them. I don’t shop on-line much. I used to be able to go to a bookstore in Indiana when I lived there and I would just trade books with them. :)
They need to be in graphic novel form. Then, they will be opened and looked at.
Under windshield wipers in parking lots.