The Human Being: Decoder and Search Engine for God

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 an “action of obedience (ob audire), but of accompaniment, which does not give meaning but emotion to the things that we do.”[2] Thus, listening has become the setting up of an environment rather than a channel of communication. Shuffling music has created a lifestyle characterized by “improvisation, by the casual furnishing of sensations, of flexibility.”[3] Given this new context, our faith is challenged also to search for new channels for the content. What was de facto an ex auditu faith, needs to fight a slot of our attention.

Yes, you’re guessing right. The discussion on Spadaro’s book: Cybertheology will continue, in another 5-part series. If you’re interested in the first part please click here.

In a noisy environment, the pause-silence-listen activity which is the requirement to listen to God is hard to come by. The audible action now has become a visible action. Searching for the truth, for the word of God, has become a visible activity due to the searching mentality. Facts about God are not different from other facts. They are searchable, ‘googleable,’ if you may. Roof attacks this mentality since he says that we “deceive ourselves when we actually believe that the sacred re­mains ‘at the disposition’ of a ‘consumer’ at the moment of need.”[4] The innate attraction to search for orientation has been evolved. “If once upon a time radar sought a signal, today one seeks a channel of access through which data can pass. This happens also in the search for a Wi-Fi signal, or at least for a smartphone data connection.”[5]

The issue today is not to have an open channel for data, but rather, decoding it, recognizing its importance amongst the many received. Amongst the numbers, there is the issue of the validity of the fact too, which involves another step in the decoding process: a search-flag- and-validate process. Christianity is understood as the carrier of the message, and the message as being Salvation through the Paschal mystery; a message that scandalises, yet answers to the basic question of meaning.


[1] Antonio Spadaro, Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet, 2014, doi:10.5422/fordham/9780823256990.001.0001.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

Matthew is a Masters graduate in Informatics and is currently reading a Bachelor’s Degree in Sacred Theology. He has a strong interest in merging the tech field, particularly Artificial Intelligence and Social Media, with theology. He is also in his sixth year of formation at the Archbishop’s Seminary.

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