Forming Our Souls with Facebook
By Shane Hipps
“The narcissism created by these technologies is unique. It encourages not just self-absorption, but more accurately self-consumption. We become creators and consumers of our own brand. We become enamored by a particular kind of self, a pseudo-self.”
“We are living as unpaid journalists who chronicle life as it passes by.”
Read the full article at Second Nature Journal.
The Secret Faith of Washington
By Joshua Dobois
“Yet across the ideological spectrum, Washington is filled with people at the height of political power who are practicing their faith seriously and profoundly, but largely out of public view. I recently spoke to some of these people about the role that religion plays in their private and public lives. What their stories make clear is that—in coffee shops, vibrant local congregations, congressional offices, and White House corridors—God is far more present in Washington than most Americans realize.”
Read the full article at The Daily Beast.
What Joe Paterno and Kermit Gosnell Have In Common
By Dennis Sanders
“What matters here is not that the media is bad; what matters here is how easy it is for all of us to just walk on by injustice. What matters is that you and I are just a step away of doing the same thing.”
Read the full article at The Clockwork Pastor.
Why Bob Edgars Matters
By Peter Laarman
“Bob Edgar, United Methodist pastor, former Congressman, and former National Council of Churches general secretary, left this world last week while fighting for what mattered most to him: integrity and accountability in public life.”
Read the full article at Religion Dispatches.