Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Thinking about God

“David Stewart of Princeton, discussing the difference between using libraries and the Internet, asks if the ‘high-volume, high-speed information’ of the wired world is really what a researcher needs. He concludes that ‘the wired environment is almost intrinsically impatient, and so doesn’t foster quiet, reflection and deliberation – the low-anxiety cast of mind which often produces the best thinking about God.’ This is a profound consideration for our churches’ ministry. Many congregations specialize in high-energy worship and hyped excitement, which are not necessarily conducive to deliberate thinking about God.” (Marva Dawn in Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society, [Westminster-John Knox Press, 2003], p.97)