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Communication Studies


College of Liberal Arts

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Communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the principal existential task of the Church. "Communicating" and "the Gospel" both are terms loaded with philosophical underpinnings and practical implications that constantly challenge the church to examine its established patterns of ministry and behavior, as well as its priorities and budgets.

The strides in communication practice and technology of the twentieth century have shaken the church's modus operandi in ways that are unparalleled in the previous nineteen centuries of Christian faith. While to be sure the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century sparked major shifts and realignments in the Church and in its ministries, the scope of cultural changes spawned and the sheer number of new tools now available as a result of this twentieth century communication technology revolution confront the Church and its leaders.


Catholic Church - Dioceses - West Virginia.

Communication - Religious aspects - Catholic Church.