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A New “E-vangelization”

11 Sep

In my senior religion class at St. Francis High School, I read the book Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. What we were supposed to take out of the book is that the world is changing at an ever-accelerating rate. If we are not firmly rooted in the transcendent—namely, Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8)—we will be overcome by stress, disorientation, and information overload. In other words, we would be “future shocked.”

In the 35 years since that class, technology has changed virtually everything we do. Even little things, like how we get directions or book flights, are completely different now.

OurSpace

What is the “public square” today? St. Paul brought the Gospel to the Areopagus (see Acts 17), the “public square” in Athens where learned pagans gathered to discuss education, philosophy, and religion.

What is today’s Areopagus? Is it the town hall meeting? The school auditorium? The football stadium? While there are many physical “public squares,” we must say that the public square today is cyberspace. Two billion people use the Internet. Hundreds of millions of young people “hang out” at Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or other social networking sites. What would St. Paul do today? Continue reading