Religious Groups Don't Need To 'Get Religion' When It Comes To Tech

from the a-time-tested-model dept

There have been plenty of stories about how religious groups are starting to embrace new technologies, but it would be a mistake to somehow characterize churches as perennial technological laggards. For over 2000 years, religious groups have had to reinvent themselves. Remember Vatican II? Or should that be Vatican 2.0? And churches have always understood the multi-channel approach, never worrying that Sunday-morning telecasts would hurt attendance and collection plate revenues. Meanwhile, the Bible remains a top seller despite the fact that nobody owns its contents. So it's really no surprise that religious content is being pushed through new media like cellphones and so-called "godcasts". Instead of being threatened by the ability of people to download salvation, pastors are fighting fire with fire -- producing viral videos that get people interested in going to church. Though there have been a few notable warnings condemning technology, it's nothing compared to the more radical rhetoric coming from many major media execs. So instead of being surprised that churches grok new technology, perhaps they have something to teach... other than the obvious stuff.


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    Russ McGuire, May 16th, 2006 @ 3:33pm

    Blocking tomorrow's technology today?

    The problem isn't necessarily organizations, like churches, being consciously opposed to new technologies. Instead, the problem tends to be that organizations struggle to anticipate how technologies they may be inadvertently inhibiting today could actually dramatically impact them tomorrow. This article gives an example of what I mean: http://www.businessreform.com/article.php?articleID=11777 As the mobility age (http://www.law-of-mobility.com) radically changes how businesses and non-profits operate, decisions made today could have a dramatic impact on the ability to succeed tomorrow! (As always, my comments don't necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of my employer.)

     

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    Krum, May 16th, 2006 @ 3:33pm

    He said "Grok"...

    He said Grok, cool.... But seriously, when the FCC originally alloted spectrum for the A and B side carriers back in the 80's, didn't they allow use of 666 frequencies? Not very Christian-like if you ask me.

     

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    Krum, May 16th, 2006 @ 3:33pm

    Found it...

    Okay, to back up the 666 frequencies, I found it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Mobile_Phone_System#Frequency_bands And it was "channels" not frequencies. Wireless service the "Mark of the Beast?"

     

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    dorpus, May 16th, 2006 @ 3:53pm

    Hehehe

    Just to pose a rhetorical question, I asked if there are ways to make Christian improvements to the game of Go. As it stands, Go is a bloodthirsty, win-lose game where the object of the game is to gouge out both of your opponent's eyes and kill the cripple.

    That started a huge firestorm of new threads about "improvements to Go" on rec.games.go, far more than I anticipated.

     

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    SRNissen, May 16th, 2006 @ 4:27pm

    Re: Hehehe

    "Huge firestorm?"

    You must be new to usenet. In the interest of letting people without newsreaders follow what I'm saaying, I'll be linking to googlegroups.

    Now, you created this bit of trollishness: http://groups.google.com/group/rec.games.go/browse_frm/thread/865111cfcbd8e5fb/5ba09e68b4bb610b?hl=e n#5ba09e68b4bb610b

    26 replies and around 10 new threads on the subject.

    Channeling a well known australian, let me say to you; that's not an arguement. *This* is an arguement:
    http://groups.google.com/group/talk.origins/browse_frm/thread/009f5e8c98db2d22/b138226ab 6c55f1f?hl=en#b138226ab6c55f1f
    "KT Boundr Event." 1720 replies.

    Or this one:
    http://groups.google.com/group/talk.origins/browse_frm/thread/233b91dc7c14f393/?hl=en#
    Did Darwinism Smooth the Way for Nazi Ideology? 1063 replies.

     

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    Ben McNelly, May 16th, 2006 @ 4:28pm

    You said it brother...

    "Religious Groups Don't Need To 'Get Religion' When It Comes To Tech"

    Here are some things that held Churches/Ministries back in times past, and still will for some...

    • Churches are usually known as cheapskates, so they get charged extra by proxie…

    • They are notoriously famous for being technology illiterate.
    • Generation and culture gaps creates a divide with the church leaders and the people who can develop and maintain the technology.
    • Decreased understanding leads to miss matched budgets, that leaves people trying to do too much with too little.
    • Power struggles and politics, (what's new) plus no technical knowledge other than “the power button is on, it should be working??” leads to going through volunteers faster than a rocket propelled greased bunny on ice…

    Thanks God there is a movement of churches that realize that in today's world, the most effective way to reach people with Gospel hasn't’t changed; It is still to get their attention, just the methods have changed. We live in a society that is technology driven, and we are competing with tv and the internet for their minds and souls.

    The normal church is about as compelling to a young person as salad at an ice cream shop. people don’t even bat an eye. And it doesn't’t stop with young people. Every generation is tired and worn out on tradition and bull. People don’t need religion, they need to see Jesus in us, loving them.

    To be effective soul winners, we have to be effective communicators. Technology is not the fix all its just a step in a direction that can touch them in their world.

    Media and technology are way outside the churches comfort zone. They have to step out, take risks, and get outside the box. We will see some churches do a good job of this, while others abuse it... All in all though, its just a small step in a very large movement to connect with people in new ways.

    note: I like how the article intends to emphasize the churches aptitude for change. Slightly delusional, but it made me smile :-)
    - in all seriousness, I think we need to see allot more people just sharing Jesus and truth, than people taking up money and trying to run a catalog store...

     

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    kingmanor, May 16th, 2006 @ 4:29pm

    My compliments...

    on your usage of the word grok. Doesn't happen enough these days.

     

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    josh, May 16th, 2006 @ 6:47pm

    ???

    - in all seriousness, I think we need to see allot more people just sharing Jesus and truth


    the problem here would be the deffinition of "truth" ;)

     

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    Zossima, May 16th, 2006 @ 8:47pm

    Re: Re: Hehehe

    Channeling a well known australian, let me say to you; that's not an arguement. *This* is an arguement:

    No, Sorry, but actually *This* is an argument

     

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    Brother Bill, May 16th, 2006 @ 8:54pm

    Tech Savy Churches

    I find the topic of religion and technology quite fascinating.

    Think about how revolutionary the printing press was. The very first book printed was the Bible!

    Today's new technology is peer 2 peer file sharing (ala BitTorrent).

    If you go to my website you will see a cool example of how we can use today's technology to deliver messages from the past. I have 5 years of Dr. J. Vernon McGee's radio show "Thru The Bible" recorded in the 1970's.

    I have full permission from the content providers to distribute the files.

    http://readthetruth.clom/bm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 16th, 2006 @ 8:58pm

    Re: ???

    - in all seriousness, I think we need to see allot more people just sharing Jesus and truth


    the problem here would be the deffinition of "truth" ;)


    I'll trade you one "space" for one each "f" and "l"

     

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    Brother Bill, May 16th, 2006 @ 9:24pm

    Re: Tech Savy Churches

    Wow, that is embarrassing. I misspelled my own link.
    http://readthetruth.com/bm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2006 @ 2:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Hehehe

    Not my first language.

    :P

     

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    SRNissen, May 17th, 2006 @ 2:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Hehehe

    Sorry, I forgot my name.

     

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    Zeroth404, May 17th, 2006 @ 5:29am

    I hereby Copyright the Holy Bible.

     

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    Zeroth404, May 17th, 2006 @ 5:29am

    ...and the Living Bible...and the Dead one too.

     

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    me, myself, and i, May 17th, 2006 @ 4:50pm

    yes, kudos on grok, i wonder how many people understand that reference anyway...rather ageing book if i might say so myself

     

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    cyberprep, May 17th, 2006 @ 10:45pm

    From http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/bible/index.htm: "New American Bible [...] Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops"

     

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