"Because the cultural back alleys my writing sometimes takes me into, I have to read a lot of books on Christian engagement with culture. That said, The Vanishing Word is one of the best on this subject I have ever read--it is memorable, prescient, pithy, courageous, wise, and . . . in the hope this word is still legal, right."
--Douglas Wilson, Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho
"Reminiscent of Jacques Ellul's Humiliation of the Word, Hunt provides an excellent exploration of the dangers of image media displacing word media. He offers extensive contemporary application, in terms of postmodern sensibilities, to Ellul's assertion in Propaganda that 'people manipulated by propaganda become increasingly impervious to spiritual realities.' He puts a sharp point on this in his penultimate chapter, 'Formula for a Fuhrer,' revealing his media ecology credentials, by demonstrating that communication media are never neutral."
--Gregory Edward Reynolds, pastor of Amoskeag Presbyterian Church in Manchester, NH, author of The Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures: Preaching in the Electronic Age, and editor of Ordained Servant: A Journal for Church Officers.
This sane, sobering, and penetrating book explains how technologies of communication shape the minds and lives of us all. Professor Hunt is a student of rhetoric and the history of ideas who brings a critical eye to what most people take for granted today: the dominance of images in our postmodern world. His scholarly expertise combined with his theological acumen makes for an arresting read.
--Doug Groothuis, Denver Seminary
The Vanishing Word chronicles the triumph of images in postmodern American culture. In this fine book, Arthur W. Hunt III invites us to engage historical dynamics driving our hyper-mediated, digital world and invites us to become mindful of present forms of image-driven paganism that distract us from fruitful Christian living and supplant Bible-centered worship, learning, and practices in Christian communities. Hunt's command of communication dynamics in mediated cultures propels a call to deliberate engagement and resistance for all people of the Word.
--Calvin L. Troup, Associate Professor, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Duqesne University