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Insightful and edifying in whatever format it comes!
Really appreciate the new format! It's interesting and helpful to know what others are reading and engaging with.
Such a good point about wisdom not being absolutist, if I may try to shrink your point into a small phrase. Your distinction between theology and counseling is helpful. I will have to ponder it more. I’ve been struggling with the recent clash between Jesus’s commands about reconciliation in (I think) Matthew 18, and the abuse of this that has come to light with pastors telling women to return to their violent husbands. I wonder if your distinction might speak to that. Do you feel like it does?
I'm reading your book right now, very interesting. and well written. I especially like the section on neuroplasticity and how the internet is changing our brains. The Shallows is such a good book! I realize that this is beyond the scope of your book, but it seems to me that one of the underlying assumptions of this digital world/social media conversation seems to be that we are all in it's thrall, and unable to extricate ourselves. However, we are all able to delete our accounts and live differently. One point I don't see discussed about Christians and social media is how social media leads us to sin and/or being comfortable with sin in our lives- whether it be covetousness, anger, discontentment, disdain, lust, etc. Let alone how their online life damages their witness for Christ. Our lives are not our own. I got off of FB during the run up to the 2016 election, because I was convicted of my inability to love my "neighbors" on there, due to what people were posting. Thankfully, I removed myself before I shared any harsh words. I also subsequently got off of Instagram. It is possible and a great relief to live primarily in the real world. If we can't do it for ourselves, we should do it for our children's world. This craziness should not go on.
good stuff! Keep up the good work brother!
Wow! Great article. I especially love the insight about wisdom being specific rather than generalized for the masses. Way to go.
Always good to hear your thoughts on online therapy, Samuel! And glad our podcast conversation nudged you again in that direction.
I am also absolutely against the absolutizing nature of online moral discourse. It's where I would disagree with Brad East. He takes your pornographic metaphor and applies and absolutizing "then get off!" statement to it, rather than giving allowance to wisdom that applies to different contexts and people differently.