Learning to Hear Again in a World of Noise:: Appreciating the Practical Benefits of the Lord's Day

Monday, 01 Jan 2001

Once upon a time, Christians claimed that theology was divisive; that it was responsible for the differences among us. The problem today is not that there are people who hold to this theology over that theology--but that there is hostility toward consciously holding any theology.
Listening is a difficult business these days. We live in a talk-show culture that makes everybody's opinion as good as anyone else's, where the now arrogant vice of believing in the true, the good, and the beautiful has been replaced with the apparent virtue of following the useful, the preferred, and the stimulating. Seducing distractions are everywhere. The New Yorker magazine writer John Seabrook calls it the "Buzz" that is produced by "the culture of marketing, the marketing of culture." Seabrook offers a snapshot of the Buzz in his own experience, ...

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