The Very Rev. Philip C. Linder, dean of Trinity Episcopal Church and a blogger himself, said there’s no question Paul would have taken advantage of the technology if it had been available.Well, Dean Linder, that's certainly a hope ... but more often than not, especially in the blogosphere, it's the shrill and extreme voices that tend to dominate.
“Absolutely,” he said.
He believes the Web provides modern scribes of all faiths with the opportunity to present more moderate voices, to bridge the extremes that are so often presented in the mainstream press.
A former professor of mine demurs:
But Kevin Lewis, director of graduate studies in USC’s Department of Religious Studies, believes Paul would have likely abstained from the Web, finding it too impersonal to tell a personal story.Kevin, you obviously don't blog ... :-)
Lewis argued that the proliferation of religious information on the World Wide Web “carries the risk of de-personalizing and impersonalizing relationships” that are so important in the establishment of faith communities.
“Let’s remain aware of the risk of too much Internet, too much e-mail, too much blogging,” said Lewis.
[And, pace Dr. Bierbauer, I'm not sure I'd call Paul's Damascus experience being on the "receiving end of an instant message!" Hmm ... "IMs from God" ... I can see it on the shelves of B&N already ... :)]