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The Lost Art of Conversation

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According to Mortimer Adler, "Of all things that human beings do, conversing with one another is the most characteristically human." Unfortunately, the art of conversation has fallen on hard times in our day. Virtual conversations abound—we watch talking heads on television or listen to people debate the issues of the day on talk radio—but how often do any of us really get the chance to converse with other human beings about the truly significant things pertaining to life and eternity? Too often, when we do have the opportunity for actual face-to-face interaction, we steer away from controversial subjects such as politics and religion, since we know those exchanges are likely to produce more heat than light. And as a result, small talk rules the day.

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Shane Rosenthal is executive producer of The White Horse Inn national radio broadcast which can be heard online at

Issue: "Conversations for a Modern Reformation" Sept./Oct. 2012 Vol. 21 No. 5 Page number(s): 64-65

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