Is Religion Fighting For Its Life?

Neil Postman posits in his book, Technopoly:

“It is still both possible and useful to distinguish a tool-using culture from a technocracy. In a technocracy, tools play a central role in the thought-world of the culture. Everything must give way, in some degree, to their development. The social and symbolic worlds become increasingly subject to the requirements of that development. Tools are not integrated into the culture; they attack the culture. They bid to become the culture. As a consequence, tradition, social mores, myth, politics, ritual, and religion have to fight for their lives.”

Along with this I talk about the role of theology in society, do women obey Islam and men follow the Sunnah?, tradition, hermeneutics and hijab amongst other things in this podcast.

Extra Reads

Hijab and Havaianas from altmuslimah. This is what I refer to in the podcast.

Tackling Religious Literacy: Lexical Empiricism – a deeper look at the ritual of wudu’ and hermeneutics.

Musings on Technopoly and When Technology Wounds

“Most technology survivors lose all or part of their hero system*. Long-Standing, fundamental beliefs about themselves and the world can shatter into irretrievable fragments. One’s identity can be the first to go.” Chellis Glendinning, When Technology Wounds.

Are people losing their identities by using the Internet, Facebook, and other technologies that allow a so-called anonymous interface? And how do we deal with this in light of our descent from a culture of shame to a culture of humiliation? More thoughts on books from the Summer Reading List 2012.

Thinking Islam Anew

Muslims often imagine society’s ills as society-minus-Islam. This results in a reductionist understanding of modernity that often disarms Muslims of the very tools that could help navigate the waters of modern life. They think in Utopian ideologies where the solution is imagined to be society-plus-Islam, where neither the former nor the latter are conceived as entirely different ecologies altogether. For more as well as some thoughts on devotional education regarding Traditional Islam, listen to the podcast below.

A couple of quotes from today’s reading of Postman’s Technopoly that grabbed my attention:

“Will the widespread use of computers in the classroom defeat once and for all the claims of communal speech? Will the computer raise egocentrism to the status of a virtue?”

“A preacher who confines himself to considering how a medium can increase his audience will miss the significant question: In what sense do new media alter what is meant by religion, by church, even by God?”

Extra Reads

Neil Postman’s book, Technopoly, is on the Summer Reading List 2012.

Cordoba Academy.

SeekersGuidance.

SunniPath, which now appears to be Qibla.