"Electronics have become steadily more intimate," Paul Saffo, research director of the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley, said, and "your electronic castoffs say a lot more about you than ever before."
Mr. Saffo, for example, said that he sometimes pokes through hard drives he's junking with a power drill to avoid leaving data that can lead to so-called identity theft. But music provides something far more revealing than financial or vocational data: our emotional identity.
"Add to your playlist your ZIP code, and a direct marketer could probably tell you more about yourself than you know," Mr. Saffo said.
One of my favorite sites - Metafilter - ocassionally posts an entry on God-stuff. Their POV is not along the same paths of many of the lobs I frequent - no litmus tsests on who is more true to the movement or more an absolute rebel to the institutions. Instead, it is a conversation of people mainly outside the loop that I travel.
Reading this thread gave me a lot of hope for God's Kingdom, for the ability of people to share their faith and doubt out in the open, without fear of using the wrong words or violating the spoken or unpsoken rules of the tribe. While I am actually not a Spong fan (just another form of fundamentalism to me), what I do like about this is how the engagement somehow allows for multiple voices, for a sense of belonging before even believeing & behaving have to conform.
My fav replay so far:
this is not about theology per se : it is more about the threat that
the most energetic will (temporarily and to disastrous effect ) triumph.
Both happen to be writings by dynamic duos who are women, voices that are often pushed aside or told to quiet down & mind their place.
A perfect gift for the Christmas holidays - I got it in the mail just an hour ago and leafing through it feels like having 2 friends over for something to drink or a long walk - go order it now.
There are a lot of books about making ministry fun or relevant or even do-able - rarely do I read a book that just ooozes authentic ministry in a way that seems simple and viable for my own community - go order it now
I was waiting to go on a conservative talk radio show and heard the
host say that John Kerry and his supporters "have no God" because they
don’t stand up to evil. He went on to claim that "even the mention of
God terrifies them." As for religious people who go to church regularly
but vote Democratic, he said, "I see them as sort of phonies."
Then I came on, and his question to me was, "Why do secular people think we're all a bunch of intolerant people?"
I’ve heard similarly clueless statements from liberals who
simultaneously talk about the need for fairness then compare the Bush
administration to the Taliban or the Nazis.
I’m not going to
attempt to bring peace to the land right now but thought it might be
worthwhile to sketch the top ways that liberals misunderstand
well-meaning religious conservatives, and vice versa.