Apple 7 Audio – Debate with Jonny Baker, Maggi Dawn and Ian Mobsby

Last night’s Apple event produced a very good discussion surrounding issues of institutional religion and what it means to move beyond relational networks into intentional gatherings. The audio from the event – which was a panel consisting of me, Jonny, Maggi and Ian plus great comment from the floor – is available for free here. [...]

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Apple 7 – This Wednesday!

To coincide with the arrival of the Pope on his (now) controversial visit, Apple this month is looking at institutional religion, and asking whether its day is done as an ‘organisational technology.’ I’m really excited about the discussions we’ll be having. Jonny Baker, Ian Mobsby, Maggi Dawn and I will be discussing as a panel [...]

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Is Institutional Religion An Out-Moded Technology? Apple 7 on 15th Sept…

Apple, the series of events I’ve been organising with some others, is back for another three dates. The idea behind Apple is simple: to get theology to engage with technology and social process. We’ve covered diverse ground such as social networks, the Large Hadron Collider, grey ecology, Heidegger and gadgetry. With this new series – [...]

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Catching Up | Greenbelt Talks preview…

Just got back from a couple of weeks holiday where I took a proper break from posting. Space to think about other stuff really, and ‘Devon’ and ‘Wireless Network’ are not immediately at home in the same sentence yet. This weekend I’ll be off to Greenbelt, where I’m doing two talks expanding on some of [...]

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London Nights | Zizek and Apple

London is continually fascinating. As humans we are always quick to project personalities onto our creations; London the person is complex, darkly funny, steeped in history, welcoming all but criticising many, intelligent, crafty… a heavy drinker who enjoys the night. ‘London Nights‘ looks like a brilliant series of 10 radio programmes, looking at the city [...]

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Has What Emerged Retreated? | Returning to Institutions [4]

Emerging/Retreating [1] | Emerging/Retreating [2] | Emerging/Retreating [3] In the comments on the previous post Acetate Monkey asked ‘How did Vaux wind up?’ Resisting the temptation to explain all the ways that Vaux wound people up, I thought I’d post the section of the book that deals a little with that… with another encouragement to [...]

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A ‘Separate and Bound God’ | The Crisis in Evangelicalism

Had a great time at Apple 5 on Wednesday – good crowd of people out to hear Manjit Kumar, author of Quantum talking about The Quantum Cathedral – how the collaborative efforts that went into building the Large Hadron Collider are paralleled only by the immense achievements of the construction of the medieval cathedrals. I’ll be [...]

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Hooked on Gadgets | Surfing the Net or the Net Serfing Us?

An excellent article in the New York Times the other day – ‘Hooked on Gadgets and Paying a Mental Price‘ – which explores the mental and relational cost of screen-addiction, plotting the story of one family who are all, in their own way, too hooked on gadgets: Mr. Campbell continues to struggle with the effects [...]

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Book Release – 2 Days to go! | ‘Startling, heart-warming and thought-provoking’

Just back from a great week on Iona, and very much looking forward to ‘Other‘ being released on Monday. Get your local bookseller to order it and support them if you can. Amazon have already dispatched any pre-ordered copies, and it’d be great if people could make some noise and get the word out there if [...]

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Let Me Touch Him | 60 Great Album Covers

I’m off to Iona for a week now, so will not be posting much. While I’m away, have a browse of the utterly fabulous ‘60 Awesome Christian Music Album Covers.‘ My two particular favourites: Have a great week. And don’t forget: ‘Other‘ is released next week, and there’s going to be a free-for-all launch do [...]

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