Why you shouldn’t read this…

A great quote in the Anabaptist Assocation mailing from Mark Hurst today:

“[The Internet] creates a permanent puberty of the mind. We get locked in so much information, and the inability to sort that information meaningfully limits our capacity to understand. The last stage of knowledge is wisdom. But we are miles from wisdom because the Internet encourages the opposite of what creates wisdom—stillness, time and inefficient things like suffering. On the Internet, there is no such thing as waiting; there is no such thing as stillness. … This culture is on an extraordinary pace toward needing things to be more efficient. But that is a value that is ultimately antithetical to the gospel. I’ve never heard of efficient wisdom, efficient love, efficient suffering or efficient compassion.” — Mennonite pastor Shane Hipps, Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith

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5 thoughts on “Why you shouldn’t read this…

  1. Hi Nathan, I’ve never been one for multi-tasking or breathless pace. I’ve been arguing for a ‘gearing-down ‘ of the church for a while now http://radref.blogspot.com/2011/05/slow-church-coming.html). Running a blog is hard work, not least because of the price paid in terms of distraction. In general most of that distraction comes with the accompanying social media rather than the blogging itself. I have deliberately tried to slow down the process and now use an old fashioned notebook. Mostly I prepare posts before I blog so I’m not online for long. Shalom, phil

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