Thursday, October 31, 2013

Computer Class and Religion?

As I was sitting in my college computer class tonight, religion somehow found its way to front and center. We were discussing digital media and how it can produce and transfer information and then the professor compared it with the printing press. He then continued in his backtrack through history and talked about scribes. Of course, the Bible was mentioned and he shared how it was unreliable because of how it was shared from one generation to the next through scribes. He described the scribal methods as being like a message being passed along by picking up the phone. I couldn't help but raise my hand to share how it was not like sharing a message over a phone. In addition, I shared how modern Bible translations when compared with the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were written thousands of years ago, are very similar. In regards to the printing press, its advantage over the scribal methods was not accuracy but the amount of works produced. In fact, it is true that both processes contained minor errors but nothing that would completely destroy the message. Speaking of production, the printing press is the reason why Martin Luther's "95 Theses" spread so quickly. It certainly is surprising how a random and unexpected conversation can turn out to be relevant for today. Happy Reformation Day!