I very much appreciated seeing the bigger context of my own experience with the Bible, which I wrote about in my post "Bible Irony." I would love to hear your own thoughts and experiences as well!To keep the insular bubble of the evangelical subculture intact has always required some defense mechanisms. “I slammed the encyclopedia shut,” Latebloomer writes, and then, as trained, she “mentally explained away the data as yet one more humanistic attack on God’s obvious truth.” That’s the standard 1-2 combination for those determined to defend the bubble: 1) Keep the walls up and the encyclopedia shut; 2) Inoculate against potential glimpses of “disruptive facts” that get past the perimeter with a mythology of conspiratorial persecution.But such defenses were never wholly effective, even in the past, when the media threatening to pop the bubble with disruptive truth-telling were mainly libraries and distant colleges that could be avoided or navigated with blinders intact. In the late 20th century, the rise of television and mass media made it more and more difficult for the evangelical subculture to preserve innocence by preserving ignorance. The Internet makes this almost impossible.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Evangelical Bubble, Meet the Internet
One of my favorite Christian bloggers, the Slacktivist, posted an excellent discussion on how access to information is changing Christianity. It is very appropriately titled "The Evangelical Bubble Cannot Be Sustained, Part 1 and Part 2." Here is a quote: