Category: Technology

The Dangers of New Media (Desensitization, part 2)

The numbing effect of information is one of the most significant challenges that users of new media face.  The inability to think deeply, to integrate what we are experiencing into ourselves, ultimately stifles creativity. The twentieth century apologist, novelist and...

/ June 24, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (Desensitization)

The Problem of Desensitization Those who spend any amount of time absorbing new media quickly discover their subtly addictive nature.  Clicking through to the next page takes no effort, and the fact that a real person has deemed whatever lies...

/ June 23, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (Technology Fans)

The question of whether cars are an “improvement” over horses and buggies depends upon what values are in place, which is true of all technology. If we value mobility, speed, and comfort, cars are obviously superior to the horse.  But...

/ June 22, 2010

The Dangers of New Media (Intro)

Over the next two weeks, I will be posting my chapter for The New Media Frontier here at Mere-Orthodoxy in its entirety.  I am grateful for Crossway for their kind permission to do so, and strongly recommend that you buy...

/ June 21, 2010

Are Christian Blogs Boring?

Abraham Piper thinks so. Abraham is an astute observer of the Christian blogging community.  And he has a hunch as to why: To assert that all men are brothers, that prejudice and racism are bad, and that nature should not...

/ April 15, 2010

Clarity and the Technological Society

There are no arguments against technology.  There are only worries, questions, and as Matt Milliner puts it, “reservations.” But while those who have those reservations are legion, clear statements of what the arguments are actually about are rare.  Most critics...

/ April 5, 2010

Go Forth and Blog: A Cynical Take on Christians Online

The Pope, I’m sure you’ve heard, wants Catholic Priests to use the internet. The announcement was ripe for mockery, but after reading it, it’s interesting to note that the Pope’s emphasis throughout is on extending pastoral care to their flocks,...

/ January 27, 2010

Involuntary Identities: A Brief Response to John Dyer

John Dyer’s latest post on the differences in how we identify ourselves in online and offline situations is fascinating reading. Dyer points out that offline self-identification is contextualized, oral, and voluntary. Online identification, on the other hand, is decontextualized, text-based,...

/ January 19, 2010

On the Question of the Reality of Online Church

Drew Goodmanson, a fellow presenter at Christian Web Conference and all around smart-guy, argued today that we should reframe the discussion about online church around this question: What are we called to be as a Biblical community? And can this...

/ July 30, 2009

Perfectionism and the Death of the Local Church (at least as we know it)

As more evangelicals begin to wrestle with questions of technology and how it shapes our local congregations, I suspect there will be many who sympathize with the position articulated quite ably and boldy by John LaGrou: The virtually-connected church now...

/ July 29, 2009