- Brian Kirk (Patheos), The Google-fication of God.
even though Google was expected to make our personal worlds larger by connecting us to a vast storehouse of diverse information, in truth it has only helped to make our worlds smaller and increasingly homogenous. The more you use Google, it seems, the more it “learns” you and begins returning a narrow selection of results reflecting back your own opinions, politics, interests, and prejudices.
- Carl Trueman on Urban Theology
Not that cities are not important: as areas where there are the highest concentrations of human beings, they are inevitably significant as mission fields. Rather, we were thinking of the `from a Garden to a City’ hermeneutic which jumps from scripture to giving modern urban sprawl some kind of special eschatological significance. Was there ever a thinner hermeneutical foundation upon which so much has been built?
- Harvard Business Review, Is the life you’re living worth the price you’re paying to live it?
We become reactive rather than reflective. We lose precisely what we need most in these complex times: the capacity to think analytically and imaginatively; to embrace nuance and paradox rather than choosing up sides; and to take a long-term perspective rather than making the most expedient choice.
- Danielle Tumminio (HuffPo), Harry Potter And Christian Theology
Curiously, what the Harry Potter books do is to accomplish the work of Christ utilizing a whole community instead of a single person, which explains why no individual character closely resembles Jesus. This means that salvation is accomplished not by one person but by many people working together, with love (aka God) for a guide. Ethically, a theology like this has important implications because it empowers people…to live the life compassion for which Jesus lived and died
- Michael Patton is starting a series on Why I Am Not a Charismatic, in dialog with charismatic Sam Storms.
Again, this is not a debate. We not only hope to be personally enriched through this series, we also desire it to be an example of how fruitful cordial dialogue can happen between people who disagree about a theological issue.
- Here are some directions for How to Kill a Walrus. If it doesn’t work, though, watch out. You’re likely to have a very angry walrus on your hands.
- Io9 plays the spoiler role and looks at The Physics of Superman. But, it’s okay. Everyone knows that Batman is better anyway.
- And, according to Time, here are The 25 All-TIME Best Animated Films.