Wednesday, January 14, 2009

the new theology



tony jones has an interesting post on his blog entitled, "who decides orthodoxy?" in it he makes the argument that the theological conversations occurring on the new social-web & media will bypass the old keepers of orthodoxy and that a new theology will emerge.

he ends his post with this:
"But the social web promises to change all of that.  Christians are climbing out of their denominational silos and listening to Christians of other flavors.  Some are even (gasp!) listening to the wisdom of other religions. I really do think that we'll enter a new age of theological discussion and even consensus, and it will be made possible by new media."

this is a new approach for me. elsewhere (e.g. here) i have argued that our leaders and our gifted theologians must step up to the plate and lead us to a new reformation of theology. this is necessary because the new world has cracked open wide the christian consensus of christendom, splintering us into armed camps -- distrustful and sad. reading jones here, it may be true that i have underestimated the power of web 2.0 to bring change, and overestimated our theologians willingness to hear from the underside.

is jones actually telling us that we must rush the castle, pitchforks and torches in hand, and take-over? or do we merely by-pass the gate-keepers and reshape the content of truth on our own?

and here's the real question: is the Spirit still speaking to the churches, or was theology settled in the 16th and 17th century?

does the Spirit have more to say, and could it be that these small, fragile, distant voices echoing on the web are actually fueled by the Christ?