How the Internet Changes Religion

How the Internet Changes Religion (1)

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in How the Internet Changes Religion | 1 comment

How the Internet Changes Religion (1)

NOTE: I’M WORKING ON THE OUTLINE FOR A NEW BOOK RIGHT NOW. WHILE I’M BUSY AT THAT, THE NEXT SEVERAL POSTS ARE FROM A SERIES I DID A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO THAT PRECIPITATED A LOT OF CONVERSATION. I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK. COMMENT BELOW WHEN I FINISH THE BOOK OUTLINE, I’LL BEGIN POSTING MATERIAL FROM THE NEW BOOK. I HOPE YOU’LL INTERACT WITH THOSE POSTS TOO. YOUR THOUGHTS/RESPONSES WILL HELP ME WRITE THE NEW BOOK. – DOUG. We spend a lot of time in this blog talking about how science affects our fundamental understanding of ourselves and our world...

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How the Internet Changes Religion (2)

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in How the Internet Changes Religion | 2 comments

How the Internet Changes Religion (2)

To understand how the internet is changing religion, we have to think about how the internet is changing our humanness. And to think about that, we need to think about how we relate to knowledge and truth. We need to examine what we think knowledge is. How do we get it? What do we do with it once we do? Is knowledge truth? Are facts knowledge? What is knowledge? We tend to distinguish between knowledge and opinion, don’t we? Before the change I’ll describe later, it was common to make a hard and fast distinction between the many, many opinions out there, and the few, hard,...

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How the Internet Changes Religion (3)

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in How the Internet Changes Religion | 5 comments

How the Internet Changes Religion (3)

As we began to see in the last post, there is a way Western society has thought about knowledge for a long time, and that way, is in the throes of great change. This is due, at least in part, to the ubiquity of the internet in our daily lives. In the old way of thinking about knowledge, it was scarce. The internet is certainly changing that! When our thinking was limited by the existing technology, we limited our thinking about reality, making just a few things truly true. Sure, there were lots and lots of opinions, but only “true” things got put in books. The printing press had...

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How the Internet Changes Religion (4)

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in How the Internet Changes Religion | Comments Off on How the Internet Changes Religion (4)

How the Internet Changes Religion (4)

The internet promises to make all human knowledge available to all human beings. As it does, the role of the expert in society is up for grabs. This, in turn, is changing us, changing the way we relate to authority and to one another, and will certainly change how we do religion. As we have seen, before the internet, the production and distribution of ink-and-paper books put limits on how much could be published. Thus limited, editors had to act as gatekeepers, filtering what was, and what was not, worthy of publication. Within these limits, a whole industry of experts (publishers, scholars,...

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How the Internet Changes Religion (5)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in How the Internet Changes Religion | Comments Off on How the Internet Changes Religion (5)

How the Internet Changes Religion (5)

As we’ve seen in these last posts, the internet is changing the way we experience knowledge. That in turn, is changing the way we experience religion When knowledge was a rare commodity, it worked to have a select few, highly qualified experts own and distribute it. Now that we are overrun with more than any one person can contain, we need our experts to do something different. We need them to help us find the knowledge relevant to us at the time we need it, and to help us make sense of it. No longer do we need a special class of knowledge-holders who are set apart from us. There is so much...

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How the Internet Changes Religion (6)

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in How the Internet Changes Religion | 1 comment

How the Internet Changes Religion (6)

We’ve spent the last several posts thinking together about how the internet is changing our experience of knowledge. Those posts were groundwork to help us think about one of the many momentous changes upon the Christian Church. The instincts we bring to religion are directly related to the instincts we bring to knowledge. For the longest time, religion, and Christianity in particular, has worked under the assumption that we possess the one and true truth; that we have access to an indisputable body of knowledge. We begin with the assumption that it is our role to guard and distribute this...

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