Ci sono persone così povere che l'unica cosa che hanno sono i soldi.

Santa Madre Teresa di Calcutta

mercoledì 9 maggio 2012

Translation of the post of May, 8

Web, is a land of mission?

In March 2012, released the new work of Antonio Spadaro: Cyberteologia, subtitled think Christianity at the time of the network. With this Spadaro confirmed among the leading scholars of Italian relationships between the w.w.w. and the Christian religion, between the network and Catholic theology, that is, universal, like the network.

In just over a hundred and thirty pages, the Jesuit Director of "The Catholic Civilization" analyzes the changes that will inevitably set in the way we think and act by the emergence of the network. "The network" Spadaro writes in the introduction, "is not a tool, but an environment in which we live." ... "And if we have a smartphone in your pocket are always turned into the net."The question is, if the network changes the way we think, change, or has already changed, even the way we live our faith? From this incipit starts deep analysis, shrill, and the original author.

They declined the "paradigms" that characterize the network and that at the time, they determine the development: search engines, vision shuffle, the push and the pull, applications and so on Instapaper.What Spadaro interested in highlighting is that "the challenge is not to be so well how to use the network, as often believed, but how to live well at the time of the network. In this sense the network is not a new means of evangelization, but above all an environment in which faith is called to speak not as a mere desire to be present, but for a connatural of Christianity with the lives of men '"(p. 22).

What kind of church is on line? A Church liquid, without authority, a church hub? Spadaro, while sensitive to the news that the network carries, remains in communion with what the Church has always taught to men-that it is impossible that virtual reality will replace the real experience of a Christian community visible and historical, as well as you can not experiment on the net the sacraments and liturgical celebrations. In the book are many references to Vatican documents that testify to this.

What emerges from the pages of the book is the love that the Church leads to creation, created by God, and desire that nothing remains unexplored and forgotten. It follows that the Christian is called to bear witness to the glory of God in the network and the living answer to the needs of man which is Christ. In this sense, the concept of "witness" and "witness" in the network deserves serious consideration by every Christian who surf the web.

To conclude: "The digital culture poses new challenges to our ability to speak and listen to a symbolic language that speaks of transcendence. Jesus in proclaiming the Kingdom has been able to use elements of the culture and environment of his time: the flock, the fields, the banquet, the seeds and so on. Today we are called to discover, even in digital culture, symbols and metaphors meaningful for people who can help in speaking of the Kingdom of God to modern man. " This book is an exaltation, in the sense of appreciation, the positive aspects that are in the network and is written with so much passion for the genius of the man who created the w.w.w. new frontier, new ground for the Christian mission of the twenty-first century.An extensive bibliography complete the work further demonstrates that, if ever it were needed, the importance of this work that brings with it the gift of synthesis.

For those interested in reading (recommended):
Antonio Spadaro, Cyberteologia, Casa Editrice Vita e Pensiero- Milan 2012

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