Faith Formation in a Trans-Media Era
by Clint Schnekloth
"Clint's book is one of those rare gifts: a book that comes at the right time, written by the right person for the right reasons." —Will Willimon, from the Foreword
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In Mediating Faith, Lutheran pastor Clint Schnekloth offers an insightful tour, evaluation, and theological response to the trans-media era.
"Faith formation in a trans-media culture will thrive where it attends to (and is) beauty, and it is a unique insight from trans-media effects that beauty is grace is justice."
"Schnekloth offers us a breakthrough path forward in interpreting the relationship between social media and the media gratiae (the means of grace)."—John Nunes, Valparaiso University
"I wanted to write a book that brought together science fiction and faith formation, role-playing and the catechumenate."
Read more from Clint on his blog, Lutheran Confessions, here.
Hand copy the most most beautiful poem you know and give it to a friend; create an avatar on Second Life and learn how to navigate in that world; post your favorite prayer as a status update or tweet; consider how the Spirit is at work in a completely new social network.
Is social media a means of grace? Is the Spirit in the network, mediating divine grace in places like Facebook and Second Life?
J. Ryan Parker
Perhaps Schnekloth’s greatest contribution is the deft way in which he dismantles the secular/sacred and virtual/real divides.
The church needs to be both in and of the emerging transmedia technologies, while presenting its own ancient-future-now vision.
I thought the best way to share what Clint’s book is getting at would be to ask him a few questions that come from where I am right now on my own winding journey.
We act one way at work, another at home; we change our appearance, language, and behavior based on audience, environment, and context all the time. So why should we isolate online representations of self as any less legitimate?