God on the web

God on the web

Are you a Digital Native – born and raised on technology; or do you feel more like a Digital Immigrant – slightly awkward with the culture and the language? Does the internet help you make relationships and spread the word; or does it reduce your ability to think and rest properly?

I spent some time recently reading and talking with theologians who study “digital theology”. Here’s a light-hearted taste of what difference the internet can make to your faith.

Christians and the internet

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For a free high resolution PDF version of this infographic – contact Chris Goswami.

This infographic was also published by Premier Christianity, Bex Lews, and Churches Alive Online.

  • Cathy Buntin

    Thanks for this Chris and how true. It made me smile and how important those still quiet moments are. If only we spent as much time on being still in Gods presence listening for that still small vice as much as we spend time facbookng or texting how much richer our lives would be. Cathy

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  • Very helpful perspectives Chris. Technology has gradually crept upon us like the frog in the proverbial pot with the temperature gradually rising. Unless we are intentional about how we engage with it then we can so easily become enslaved and exhausted by it. I try to make a deliberate separation between my paid work emails and connections so that I am not available outside office hours. I noticed that some firms in France actually ban work email after 6pm and at weekends. The other issue is that we all only have a finite amount of energy. Technology can quickly sap out the energy we have leaving less to appropriately engage with whatever challenges our out there.

    • Good for you for separating work /. private emails. I’m afraid have given in to the convenience of having a single mailbox for all things.
      Your point about France is interesting, I also read that, among certain companies it is increasingly frowned on to reply to an email when you are on holiday – it actually doesn’t make us more efficient to be “always on” it just makes us exhausted

  • Brent Massey

    “What does the fruit of the Holy Spirit look like online?” Why not instead ask, “What is the Holy Spirit asking to be said?”

    The American and the UK church is filled with Pharisees who attack those who speak the truth—especially online. Whatever the Holy Spirit is leading us to say, we need to be obedient to that. Jesus, Paul and other were very firm with false teaching and false teachers. “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Luke 14:34-35)

    • Hi Brent – my comment (quoting Bex Lewis) “what does the fruit of the spirit look like online” is intended to get us (Christians) to think before we jump into online arguments – especially involving personal attacks and even name-calling which sadly i have seen too often. Your comment “what is the Holy spirit asking to be said” addresses a different concern ie speaking the truth – I certainly don’t disagree with that.

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  • Matt W

    Very interesting – I’ve just signed up to your blog

  • Cathy Buntin

    You are a genius Chris not surprised you won an award. Keep them coming I love them

    • Ha ha – you know me Cathy so you know how untrue that is!! …. bless you anyway 🙂

  • Tim

    The infographic are definitely an interesting approach, I haven’t really seen them used like this before but from a very high level I can see why it would appeal to folks, so makes sense 
    Your site is well done though and well structured, I like the ‘reading time’ associated with articles/clips etc – keep at it 🙂

    • And thanks for your encouragement Tim – it actually means a lot.

  • Brilliant Infographic! Great way of presenting the research you did.

    • Thanks Dan – really appreciate comments on presentation coming from you 🙂

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