In Eastern Christianity, there is more emphasis on prayer than on intellectual thought and study as a means to learn about God, and so as the proper form of "theology". Many of the early church fathers described the theologian as a person who "truly prays."
theology n. , pl. , -gies . The study of the nature of God and religious truth; rational inquiry into religious questions.
Seeking a Spirituality for a Technological World
Spirituality for a media culture is a way to be mindful of the world we live in, our reactions in this world, and our communion with those in the "real" world in which we live in each day.
The whole life of Jesus was communication as way, truth and life.
Jesus not only gives us the image of the perfect communicator as our way and truth (fidelity). Jesus also gives us the ability to communicate – to restore communication as our life through grace (sacraments). Communication for us is giving of self in love.
Development of cinema/moving pictures in USA/World War I
Miranda Prorsus (Movies, TV, radio) 1957
Inter mirifica (Vatican II) 1963
Communio et progressio 1971
Guide to training future priests… 1986
Pornography and Violence 1989
Criteria for ecumencial/interreligious cooperation in communications 1989
Aetatis Novae 1992
Instruction on Some Aspects of the use… 1992
Ethics in Advertising 1997
Ethics in Communication (1999)
..discover, understand, interpret… Why did the Pauline charism arise in the Church? What was our Founder’s thought concerning evangelization through the means of social communication? What does Fr. Alberione mean when he said we must continually “move ahead”? James Alberione (1884-1971): Prophet of God in the World of Communication
Film can place the human story before us in a way that opens our minds and hearts to deeper realities. Our false self can peak out from behind its armor and wonder what it would be like to be free. Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
Activity How will Pauline Spirituality evangelize the new media? What areas of this culture are good and what call for gospel transformation? Why?