Challenge or Opportunity for Christianity

imageOver the next two decades, this observation by Barrett Brown, may well be the biggest challenge or opportunity for the wider orthodox church (Collectively: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Mainline Protestant and Eastern Orthodox traditions). Brown is a regular contributor to Skeptical Inquirer and Vanity Fair . His work has also appeared in Skeptic, McSweeney’s, American Atheist, The Onion, National Lampoon, New York Press and D Magazine.

There is no period in human history that matches the years between 1990 and 2010 in the degree to which the common terminology used at end would have been unrecognizable to those who lived at its beginning. Because the dynamic which has caused this to be the case does not seem to have crested, we ourselves should not expect to recognize some great portion of the terminology that will be in regular use in 2030. It is even possible that 2030 will be as different from 2010 as 2010 is from 1990, although this would quite a feat; the central dynamic by which each of several billion people may now communicate and collaborate with any of those other several billion people has already been established, and all that remains now is for more of those people to realize the implications of this and then act upon those implications, as they have already begun to do, even if the media at large is still having trouble with the former.

Right now I would sadly bet on the anarchists. It isn’t that they know better what to do. It is that they operate with a different moral compass. See Anonymous preparing for new Wikileaks effort in The League of Ordinary Gentlemen.