Thursday, March 29, 2007
Netheads and Christianity
Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal (www.opinionjournal.com) has a good article this morning on issues surrounding the YouTube lawsuits. Doug and I make almost exactly the same point in our book, namely that "individual choice" is a cultural idol of our age, and music downloading and YouTube clips are manifestations of it. Henninger talks about the effect of all of this on politics. Doug and I warn against the tendency of Christians to "unbundle" individual verses of the Bible, missing the overall themes. If this is so, then the cultural imperative of individual choice may not be good for Christianity, or at least we will need to be cautious of its influences. However, Henninger makes another point, namely that unbundling may cause people to be suspicious of overarching claims to political meaning. He uses as an example the surprising popularity of RudyGiuliani among so-called cultural conservatives. What is the implication of this argument for Christians? If "unbundling" leads to Christians rejecting the idea that Christianity's meaning is single dimensional ("higher taxes on the rich" or "pro-Life") then there could also be some good which comes of this.