Democratizing the Theological Conversation
Last night the Theology after Google event began. We heard from several theologians of the academic kind, including our host Philip Clayton. Tony Jones and Tripp Fuller guided our conversation as to where the new medias are taking the theological conversation.
The overall message is simple, the new media is allowing for the theological conversation to leave the ivory towers of academia and get taken up by the people. No longer can the experts be the arbitrers of truth. Now this is very post modern and attractive, and while I'm on board to a great extent, I'm wondering where this leads. How democratic should this be, and should we jettison all expertise? I don't think that's the intent, but in our excitement, can this not be the message that gets caught.
So, in a few minutes we enter a new day, with new presentations, creating new conversations. Therefore, to my TAG participants and to the blogosphere in general -- how democratic should it get? And, to what extent should we bring in the voices of the "experts?" I look forward to your thoughts!