Videos circulate about the ways friends gather and spend more time on their smartphones than in conversation. Parents grow concerned about the time their children are spending on computers, tablets, and cellphones. Churches are having to ask parishioners to turn off their phones before services begin.
We increasingly find ourselves immersed in, and surrounded by, digital networks and technologies. New technologies impact virtually every facet of human life; they are reshaping our basic notions of who we are and how we relate to others. How are religious groups responding to the challenges of the digital era? How can attention and community be sustained amid constant distraction and rising narcissism? How is technology changing contemporary spirituality?
James McGrath: Professor, Progressive Christian blogger, "Exploring Our Matrix"
Unless traditional congregations can connect to where and how spirituality is thriving, they may become obsolete during this cultural and technological shift.
Adam Lee: Atheist blogger, "Daylight Atheism"
I expect that technology will, in time, push religion to retreat from disprovable empirical claims and evolve into less dogmatic, less doctrinally rigid, more fideistic forms.
Frank Schaeffer: Progressive Christian blogger, "Why I Still Talk to Jesus In Spite of Everything"
A new generation is embracing human connection rather than debunking it. The liberating results are real. The geeks are killing off the jaded cold-hearted gatekeepers.
Heather O'Brien: Pagan columnist, "Heathen Woman"
Modern technology largely supports public awareness, an open spiritual medium, and religious tolerance rather than inhibiting them.
Alyxander Folmer: Pagan blogger, "Wyrd Words"
For better or worse, most parts of our community have fully integrated online resources. We can communicate and mobilize nearly instantly, and have a community that often promotes self-reliance and critical thinking.
Nimue Brown: Pagan blogger, "Pagan Leadership"
There are many things I find social networking useful for, but spirituality isn't one of them. I think it's better to leave the technology at home, or switch it off and carry it for emergency use when doing anything spiritual.
Connor Wood: Blogger, "Science on Religion"
Tangled in words, we're rapidly forgetting how to understand ritual. As long as technology supersedes embodied life, this feedback cycle will probably continue.
I am very aware my faith was born not merely by moonlight, but by the soft glow of a computer monitor.
James E. Faulconer: Professor, Mormon columnist, "Speaking Silence"
Amidst the relentless chain of production, grace infuses beauty, truth, and goodness, all of which are good for nothing and thereby free us to be the children of God.
Bruce Reyes-Chow: Presbyterian pastor, Progressive Christian blogger
Let me offer a few things I have learned about the joys, dangers, and pitfalls of technology and congregational life.
Christian Piatt: Progressive Christian blogger, "Father, Son, and Holy Heretic"
The efficiency that a new technology affords only works as long as the majority of people you come into contact with are using the same technology.
Timothy Dalrymple: Evangelical blogger, "Philosophical Fragments"
Those who work in industry and technology should know not only that they engage in the holy work of redeeming creation but that their work is evidence of the creative power of God.
Christopher Smith: Progressive Christian blogger, "Slow Church"
Wendell Berry's views help us to reflect on and make discernments together about our faithfulness in a overwhelmingly technological world.
Matthue Roth: Jewish author and editor, MyJewishLearning.com
In terms of spreading information and ideas that are already around, as well as in ways of dealing with future challenges, information organization will play a more significant role.
No piece of technology will be intrinsically good or bad. What will matter is how we use it. It is up to us. This is the Buddha’s message.
Rev. Donna Schaper: Progressive Christian minister
Technology matters. Spirituality matters. One is an end: to be spirited. The others are a means: to transmit and transport spirit to the gates.
Rev. Jacqueline Lewis: Progressive Christian minister
The digital era is the transcendence of the physical, taking us beyond our flesh and blood, spreading internet memes, and awakening a global consciousness of the healing power of the human family.
Technology like magick expands exponentially everyday with each new participant, each new effort. The divine marriage of the two was inevitable. Voodoo has always done it's best to beg, borrow, and build upon useful practices wherever they may be found.
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