Thursday, August 31, 2006
Religious politics in Ohio; PowerPoint in worship.
I'm catching up on articles I missed while I was vacationing in Finland. The New Yorker ran a great story about religious politics in the corrupt state of Ohio last month, focusing not just on megachurch holy warrior Rod Parsley but also on the center-left religious response from We Believe Ohio.
And, though I'm sure no Unitarian Universalists are seriously considering PowerPointing their worship services, here's an article from the Christian Century that makes the case for just how distracting that technology is:
To use PowerPoint in worship is to unwittingly set up a competition between what's projected on the screen and the human voice doing the preaching, praying or singing. And it's a contest that PowerPoint always wins because, as Richard Lischer has observed, when the brain is asked to listen and watch at the same time, it always quits listening. What PowerPoint enthusiasts see as enhancing the worship experience — projecting pictures of water during a baptism or images of fire and wind on Pentecost — is instead a form of sensory overload that manipulates emotions and stifles imagination. It is difficult to cultivate an awareness and appreciation of ambiguity and mystery in worship when images are projected at strategically timed moments in the liturgy for the purpose of instructing worshipers what to think and feel.
Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 31 August 2006 at 8:31 AM