Christian Blogging- A Postmodern Phenomenon?
Why do so many Christians chose to blog? Is it a passive way to share our faith? Practice for being the next Martian Luther? Or is it simply a postmodern search for truth?
I’m reading “Christian Doctrine” by Millard Erickson (who names there kid Millard? and can you call him “Mill” or “Lard” for short?) for my theology class this semester. He says that in searching for truth we need a metanarrative to pull together different communities’ divergent theological interpretations. To search for theological truths we need to be in community. As he says, “In light of the limitations of our own positions and perspective, it is important that we interact with as broad a community of persons as possible…. We need to interact with believers from historical periods other than our own. Further, we will want to converse with persons from different ecclesiastical, cultural, and philosophical traditions. Finally, we will profit from dialogue not only with those working at more advanced or abstract theorectical levels than ours but also with those at lower levels.”
So, perhaps Christians blog and read other blogs in a search for truth. Maybe we crave comments on our blog because they may start a dialogue. Maybe we search for themes in what Christians are blogging about because we believe we may be on to some truth. Maybe we expose our thoughts and opinions in the hope that someone will correct us if they aren’t true. Writing a blog connects us to a global dialogue- our blog can be read by anyone and we can read anyone elses. For a Christian searching for truth in the postmodern world, what could be better than a global dialogue? We have access to infinite viewpoints, and in that community, maybe we will find truth.