Thou shalt not upload: religious leaders draw up Ten Blogging Commandments

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Krish Kandiah, executive director of Churches in Mission, said: “These commandments are virtual rather than set in stone, but are offered to the blogging community as a way to link the Ten Commandments with the art of blogging.

“In the ever-changing information age, what we need is wisdom for life, and God communicates wisdom to our culture through the Bible on every issue from social justice to social networking.”

Mark Meynell, senior associate minister for All Souls Church, Langham Place, said: “The internet is merely the latest step in the evolution of human communication — and so like any other new medium, it presents us with huge opportunities as well as challenges.

“It is essential that Christians make the most of it because we believe we have good news that is as relevant to those in cyberspace as it is for those in real space.”

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchBlogging & the InternetReligion & Culture* TheologyEthics / Moral TheologyPastoral Theology

Posted September 30, 2008 at 7:10 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

Perhaps if the ABC can put his prestige and position and sharia behind this endeavor, it could have a semblance of virtual activity?  Rowan’s past mastered that bit.  Nice to know it’s only the Christian blogs that are hate-filled.  Just ignore all those secular, liberal, jihadist sites….there , there, that’s a good dimmi!

September 30, 9:39 pm | [comment link]
2. drummie wrote:

Why is it when a Christian upholds orthodox beliefs, they are considered full of hate?  I have my opinions about the Church as it is today.  When someone attacks the Body of Christ with some strange teaching that the Bible itself condems I get upset.  Could it be that in general liberals/secular humanist et all cry hate when we speak against them?  I am not homophobic in the classic sense, or in any sense for that matter, but I do think gays and lesbians are committing mortal sins and will ultimately pay the price.  A gay bishop living in sin and “married” to his live in lover is not fit to be a Christian Bishop.  That is not hate, that is straight out of the Bible. (not a quote but a paraphrase)

October 1, 7:03 pm | [comment link]
3. mark_08 wrote:

Christian blogs, for some reason, generate most hate-filled comments.

Well, I don’t know what to make of this sentence. Does the write mean that Christian blogs “generate the most hate-filled comments”? (Compared to whose blogs?) Or does it mean, “generate mostly hate-filled comments”? That’s a proposition that can be readily tested.

But the article doesn’t exactly take conservatives to task… after all, the “commandments” are written by the Evangelical Alliance.

That being said, it doesn’t seem controversial to state that the tone of blogs, even those loudest about orthodoxy, so readily gets out of hand. Titusonenine is far more civilized than many, which is a profound relief. But it often needs elfin interventions—it’s not a community that self-enforces. I remember reading another US Anglican/reasserter news/blog site… until the moderator started referring to my former priest, an older, godly man, as a “stooge” of some infamously heretical, meddling bishop. And that was the moderator/author of the site.

So I’d agree with the need to think more deeply about what these new tools and media are doing to our Christian communities, fellowship, and witness. I don’t think the ten commandments in this article go nearly deep enough in offering a fully Christian response.

October 1, 8:51 pm | [comment link]
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