Saturday, June 27, 2009

Christianity and the Importance of Reading

Words and reading are at the very core of the Christian faith. There are cultural trends that are taking their toll on careful, thoughtful reading and this has implications for us as Christians.

There seems to be a fairly significant generational divide developing in this area with people 55 and older having one understanding and attitude toward reading and those under 25 having a completely different viewpoint.

My hope is that by raising awareness of this situation within the church, we might be able to turn things around for those younger people with whom we have influence.

I am in the process of preparing a couple of Sunday School sessions dealing with this important topic and I will post summaries of some of the key points here. This is something I have been becoming more concerned about as time goes by and an interesting book spurred me on to think more deeply about the current situation. The book is called "Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age" by Maggie Jackson. Although not a Christian book, it raises a number of issues that should be of significance to all of us who believe that God has communicated in the spoken and written word.

Watch for follow-up posts in the coming days.

1 comment:

Ryan said...

This sounds interesting, I look forward to the future posts on the topic.