There have been SO MANY great blog posts this week that it was hard to pick one to feature. This one particularly caught my eye because of all the hard work that many churches are doing to “beef up” their internet presence – particularly on Facebook and Twitter.
I just recently discovered Experimental Theology and was thrilled to add it to my gooreader. The author, Richard Beck, is a a college professor and experimental psychologist in Texas, and was unknown to me before I stumbled upon his blog.
We hear a lot lately about how the church today isn’t reaching youth and young adults the way it should be. Many times these arguments say that today’s generation is so different from future generations and we just don’t know how to reach them. Although that statement is likely very true, How Facebook Killed the Church argues that this is nothing new to this generation. Beck argues that the church has never really done a great job of attracting youth and young adults. But they came because there was great value in the social interaction that happened at church events.
You can read his argument and decide whether or not you agree for yourself, but I have to admit that he makes an awful lot of sense to me. I keep in touch with a lot of my close friends via Facebook and my interactions with them are often very much more honest and authentic than any of my interactions with other people. Being friends with someone on Facebook helps me to connect with them in a daily way. I don’t need church for social interaction. In fact, church is the last place I go for social interaction.
His post got me thinking – should church be important to those of us who identify ourselves as Christians, and if so, why? Hmm – perhaps this week’s Theological Thursday is brewing already…