Theology after Google

I’m attending a conference called theology after google at Claremont School of Theology. It is an effort to get theology (especially progressive theology) out of books and into the virtual world. One of the questions we raised was whether texting makes it harder or easier to communicate the gospel. There is much talk about how different the world today is from the world of the past, especially with instant global communication. Much of this good and useful, but there is a tendency to see things too dualistically. At times, it sounds like we have forgotten that people, ordinary people, used to communicate instantly. It was called talking. The academic elites never truly controlled thought and speech. People have always created theology through dialog, discussion, and conversation. The Reformation took place in the workplace, with Flemish cloth workers talking about law and grace, in taverns as manifestoes were read aloud, in homes where mothers sang hymns to their children.

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