I am attending this conference for the next few days in Claremont.
Why “theology after Google”?
Progressive Christian theologians have some vitally important things to say, things that both the church and society desperately need to hear. The trouble is, we tend to deliver our message using technologies that date back to Gutenberg: books, academic articles, sermons, and so forth. We aren’t making effective use of the new technologies, social media, and social networking. When it comes to effective communication of message, the Religious Right is running circles around us.
Hence the urgent need for a conference to empower pastors, laypeople, and the up-and-coming theologians of the next generation to do “theology after Google,” theology for a Google-shaped world. Thanks to the Ford funding, we’ve been able to assemble a stellar team of cultural creatives and experts in the new modes of communication. We are also inviting a selection of senior theologians, and well as some of the younger theologians (call them “theobloggers”) whose use of the new media (blogging, podcasts, YouTube posts) is already earning them large followings and high levels of influence. For two and a half days, in workshops and in hands-on sessions, in lectures and over drinks, these leading figures will be at your disposal to teach you everything they know.
Excited to be with like-minded people and exercise my thinking a bit. Must also admit I’m wondering how this conversation can stretch beyond academics and the “haves” of this world. Will the playing field really be leveled by our postmodern reality, or further stratified by technology and wealth? My presupposition coming in is that people WANT to be more active and include the whole body of Christ in formation and theology, but will probably attempt to do so using new means that are not any more effective than the old ones.
Stay tuned for posts from the conference…