Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Amusing Ourselves to Death Discussion 5


Chapter 8: Shuffle Off to Bethlehem
1.      After watching religious programming on television, Postman came to two conclusions (116-7). What are they?

2.      What characteristics of television make authentic religious experience impossible via television broadcasts, according to Postman (118-21)? Do the same criticisms apply to radio broadcasts or live streaming videos of preachers in multi-site churches?

3.      Is Postman correct when he says “It is an essential condition of any traditional religious service that the space in which it is conducted must be invested with some measure of sacrality” (118-9)? Why or why not?

4.      Why does Postman think that televised religion has a strong tendency toward idolatry (122-3)?

5.      “I believe I am not mistaken in saying that Christianity is a demanding and serious religion,” Postman writes. “When it is delivered as easy and amusing, it is another kind of religion altogether” (121). What Scriptures would support his belief?

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