For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 30 Mar 2014.
Former Fairfax editorial director and managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mark Scott, challenged Christians this week to “get over” regular public criticism of their faith, and avoid being trapped in a Christian “echo chamber” where they select media experiences that reinforce their pre-existing worldview and personal experience.
Speaking at the Re:thinking conference in Sydney, Mr Scott said:
The new media environment presents a great risk for Christians to retreat. There will be in a media sense, a massive global market for Christians to listen to Christian music, to read Christian books, to see Christian films, to partake in Christian blogs, to comment on each other’s Christian Facebook pages and to live in that Christian world.
And of course that environment will continue to reinforce the correctness of your worldview, but also … does nothing to help you understand or engage with people outside that worldview.
Food for thought.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.