• A new model

    Matthew Pulis

    Spadaro notes that the mission of the Church is not to increase its numbers but to increase the Kingdom of God. Thus, to extend his analogy of the Church as Google, it’s not only about having more nodes at the down-link side, but a bigger throughput on the uplink side. ...

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  • Forming relationships

    Matthew Pulis

    Spadaro dedicates a section to the log-in/log-off mentality which might affect the initiation within a community. Since this distinction between the logged in and logged out is very often not found, with most users keeping their accounts logged in at all times, Spadaro’s preoccupation doesn’t hold ground nowadays. However, the ...

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  • Re-defining space… and the local church

    Matthew Pulis

    Due to the physical barrier, the Web imparts confidence, permitting us to take personas which we would normally shy away from. “Cyberspace is, to paraphrase McLuhan, a place that is emotively hot, and not technologically frozen as some are tempted to imagine.”[1] Spadaro’s reflection on the internet is spot on, ...

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  • Is God a Master algorithm?

    Matthew Pulis

    Spadaro is of the idea that the “’googlization’ of the faith is impossible because it is false.”[1] I guess Spadaro here is still thinking with a Web 1.0 mind-set, and lacks to see the power of social media, especially adults aged 18-34, of whom 95% would be following brands via ...

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  • The Human Being: Decoder and Search Engine for God

    Matthew Pulis

    God reveals himself “as he who seeks a profound relationship with man, which implies heart, mind, and strength.”[1] The receiver of the revelation has always been described as hearer of the Word, however Spadaro comments that the listening activity became the soundtrack to everything we make. Surely it is not ...

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  • Human 1.5

    Matthew Pulis

    Lovheim and Linderman speak of the easiness of noting how such shaping of people’s identity and particularly the digital natives is taking place.[1] Prensky goes further. He speaks of all people finding “digital Wisdom” together. The homo sapiens becomes the homo sapiens digital, who searches for wisdom through the digital. ...

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  • Sharing files and sharing lives

    Matthew Pulis

    When speaking of sharing, Spadaro uses the Web 2.0 model. He speaks of the risk of falling into a sort of ideology of the Web. From this model sprouts the reflection of Cybertheology. George gathered four definitions of this term: (i) a theology of the meanings of social communication; (ii) ...

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  • The road to conversion

    Matthew Pulis

    Following last week’s article, we see Spadaro proceeding to compare the saving of a file with the salvation of a soul. He notes that our understanding of saving a file prohibits us from starting afresh, which a theological understanding outlines.[1] A metanoia is not particularly possible in the digital world, ...

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  • Between Theology and Technology

    Matthew Pulis

    In the first chapter of Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet, Antonio Spadaro questions the relationship between faith and technology. He claims that many have written on the use of Internet as an instrument of evangelization. He suggests that we should be questioning the challenges of the ...

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