Television, Vigilance, Truth

 Douglas Groothuis calls television an agent of truth decay in today’s (post-)postmodern world.  Os Guinness, in Fit Bodies, Fat Minds, from a slightly different angle, comes to a similar conclusion.  So this post and the one quoting Groothuis should be read together. [[Before I quote Guinness, I do want to note that I’m not saying… Continue reading Television, Vigilance, Truth

Related: Boredom and Selfishness

 In Richard Winter's excellent book, Still Bored in A Culture of Entertainment, he makes the great point that boredom and selfishness are quite related. "We are called not only to enjoy the world of God's creation but also to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  Throughout the Bible we find a strong emphasis on… Continue reading Related: Boredom and Selfishness

Bored, Boring, Boredom

 Richard Winter's book Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment is a great book that asks and answers this question from an intelligent, biblical point of view: Why are so many Americans bored when there are a billion things for us to do?  Another way to think about this topic is that Americans are "distracted from distraction by distraction."   In this book… Continue reading Bored, Boring, Boredom

The Fun Cult (or the Cult of Fun)

 Along with money, nature, sex, religion, youth, politics, and self, one common American idol is fun or entertainment.  Everything is advertised as being fun - from fun learning programs in schools, to fun office environments, to fun doctor's offices, fun rules the day.  This is such a major idol in America that some people can even make… Continue reading The Fun Cult (or the Cult of Fun)