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Pub Gathering: This Wednesday Night, 8pm at Town Hall Brewery

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : July 31, 2005

Hey all…you are invited to our next Pub Gathering. Our next Pub Gathering is this Wednesday at 8pm at the Town Hall Brewery.  Our discussion topic will be: "Relationships in the Age of Electronics."   

The age of Electronics has increased our ability to send and receive information, but has it decreased our ability and/or the quality of our relationships? Our patterns of relating have changed in this Age of Electronics.  There are some real benefits to the new and varied ways of communication, but there have been costs.  Join us as we discuss the ways in which our ways of relating to one another and God has been shaped by our increasing use of communication electronics.  People of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome.

Reflection Questions:

  • Do you think it is possible to have a real friendship over the internet, without ever having met the person?
  • What do you think about e-communities such as online churches and other online religious groups who offer virtual community without physical presence?
  • Do you think the use of cell phones to connect with one another instantly has increased the depth of your relationships, decreased the depth of your relationships, or has things remained roughly the same?
  • What are some of the ways new technologies have enriched your life?
  • What are some of the ways new technologies have taken from your quality of life?

Recommended Reading:

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3 Responses to “Pub Gathering: This Wednesday Night, 8pm at Town Hall Brewery”

  1. kbartha on August 1st, 2005 3:54 pm

    Good questions about electronics. I’ve read Technopoly, what’s up witht the other two? Reader’s digest, one liners…

    Since I started at Next-Wave and followed you here…what I find intriguing about your header is the word “Van”…and I’ve had a few Dutch friends with “Van” in their names and they tell me it’s because nobody in the Netherlands owns a “Truck”…Is this true?

  2. Van S on August 1st, 2005 4:11 pm

    Power Failure is as much about consumerism as it is technology (since both feed one another and have shaped the American landscape). Technology and consumerism have shaped our culture, and when Christians are shaped by this culture of consumption and technology, the Gospel is undercut. Here is a quote from the introduction that does a better job of summarizing the argument of the book than I can come up with:

    “What kind of liberation is it that technology has promised? What sort of riches has technology produced? Do we in fact feel free? Are we truly prospering? These questions go largely unasked in our national conversation. We seem to be stricken with a subclinical malady of doubt and sometimes despair. But in this…trouble there lies hope as well. Perhaps underneath the surface of technological liberty and propserity there is a sense of captivity and deprivation, and we may hope that once we understand technology more incisively and clearly, there will be good news once again.”

    I haven’t read Holding On To Reality, but based upon what I’ve heard about it, and who wrote it, I assume it is worth reading.

  3. Van S on August 1st, 2005 4:13 pm

    Yes, the dutch reject trucks completely :)
    Actually, I think “Van” simply means “from”…so “Van Steenwyk” means that I am from the town of “Steenwyk”, which is actually spelled “Steenwijk” in Dutch.

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