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  Thursday, April 03, 2003

This thesis (number 6) is an important one for "Biblical Interpretation",  since I feel that the Biblical Record is most valuable to us as an ancient conversation that seeks to tell the story of a trek with God.  Some call it "Salvation History".  Even within its pages,  the Bible shows an evolution in the writings toward conversartion.  Paul writes "letters" to specific communities,  with questions posed and issues raised.  I have often wondered that if Paul were doing this today,  or if the Internet were avialble then,  that the record would have included the responses and conversations around the subjects of his epistles. 

That the Internet "enables new kinds of conversations" should have bearing for us on how we view the role of revelation today.  I do not believe there ever should have been a "closing of the canon".  This seems to imply that the stream of revelation from God to the world stopped when the Council met and determined the canon.  There we had a defining moment that seemed to have been geared toward limiting the scope of the "inspired works" to the selected pieces which the educated felt they had "authority". 

The Bible was a "mass media" of the heirarchy - and perhaps,  for its time,  needed some sense of "containment" in order to guard against contamination with competing philosophies.

9:52:32 AM    comment []

In The Cult of the Cluetrain Manifesto,  John Dvorak sums up his take by concluding "They're right! I don't get it.".  He certainly doesn't.  LIke this comment I found by searching on the whole phrase of  thesis number 6 on Google:

6. The Internet is enabling conversations among human beings that were simply not possible in the era of mass media. Oh? Like what? IM's? Crummy e-mail? Spam? Note the cult word enabling. Look for empowering coming soon.

Egads!  Duh! Of Course there are BAD uses,  irritating uses,  meaningless uses,  but obviously Dvorak doesn't think too highly or much at all about the object of the "enabling".  He simply dismisses it as a "cult word".  He sounds like a fundamentalist,  railing against new age rhetoric.  How did "enabling" become such a dirty word to him?  OK,  from the bad uses of it.  Here's one for ya' John:  You are CLUELESS,  and way too jaded and cynical for me.

9:35:11 AM    comment []

Number 6: The Internet is enabling conversations among human beings that were simply not possible in the era of mass media.

Speaking of which,  one thing that occurs to me is the hyperlink thing: The kinds of conversations we can have now have never before been attempted,  one of which is the ability to "do margin notes" on anything,  and you have an infinite amount of space in which to do so.  Linking enables multiple directions for a conversation to take,  and the diverse branches that lead here and there can be joined at any point in time by new contributors to the conversation.  I was looking at this 6th of the 95 theses,  and wondering where in the text of the Cluetrain manifesto that this particular item is discussed.  Cluetrain's site needs cross referencing,  or has somebody already done so? 

The Bible as Hypertext is a further exploration along these lines

9:09:42 AM    comment []

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