The authors of Ecologies of Faith in a Digital Age elaborate biblical principles on community and interdependency in the current era with teaching and learning matters of faith as a focus area. After Alvin Toffler‘s Information Age, you may perceive the current decennia as the Digital Age which is essentially an interconnected age. The internet of things and we as humans potentially connected with everyone around, at least within six steps. What does that mean for traditional communities like families, associations, and churches? What difference would that mean for congregations of faithful? Is it harmful that people don’t go to church on Sundays but meet fellow believers online instead? In the book, a lot of attention is given to concepts of ecologies, both on macro-level e.g. the universe and planet Earth and micro level, interdependent networks of humans and a holistic view of the human body. The Bible teaches us a lot about these human constructs of ecologies too. The Creation and Fall, Jesus Christ’s parables, and the Pauline epistles on the life and practice of both local churches and the worldwide church as the body of Christ present on Earth.
And so, it makes sense to enable networks whether they’re offline or offline to foster faith and learning. A theological campus could be comprised of social networks on the internet just as a couple of buildings around a plot of grassland. Faithful interacting with the environment, other people to grow personally and as a whole. While the start of the book may give the impression that the authors strive for a theoretical exploration of social networks and their application in learning, basically Ecologies of faith in a digital age explains a lot of biblical insights in the interconnectedness of Christians as the one and only way to become fruitful.
About the authors
Stephen D. Lowe (PhD, Michigan State University) is graduate chair of doctoral programs and professor of Christian education at Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University.
Mary E. Lowe (EdD, Nova Southeastern University) is associate dean for online programs and professor at Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University.