Once upon a time, man looked up at the stars, sensing his finiteness and the eternal nature and majesty of God in those stars, he is humbled by such a God.
Today, we have telescopes, astrophysics and the like. No star is too far to grasp it seems. With technology, God doesn’t seem big anymore. Either God got smaller, or we got bigger.
Then every now and then, disaster strikes, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes etc. All our tech seems defeated. The illusion is shattered for a while. We realize our finitude.
Only to say, we will overcome by technology. And willingly veil our eyes with illusion once again.
A friend of mine asked this question on facebook after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. And the resulting nuclear plant meltdown….
“Can technology save us?”
No, it can’t!
I use these a lot…
SORR, SORR, SORR, SORR
Translation: Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, Sorry (the ‘y’ is almost silent)
SKAY, SKAY, SKAY
Translation: It’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay.
So if our imagination isn’t trained to see these connections [ see the narrative connection of everything, how everything fits into the story], relationships, and the way words work to bring out truth rather than just facts, we are just giving lectures from the pulpit, moralisms in a counseling place
~ Eugene Peterson
Eugene Peterson on the Reading and Writing Life of the Pastor:
An embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation
~ New Oxford Dictionary
I don’t like this word. But i do it all the time.
There’s a technology that we call the book, and many of us tend to assume that, well, everybody knows how to use books. Books are easy. It’s the modern technologies that students need to be trained to use effectively. And I think, No, not really. A book is actually not that easy to know how to use well, especially for young people who haven’t formed the habit of attending carefully to how they work ~ Alan Jacobs
Full interview here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/january/pleasures-of-reading.html