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029_ Conversation: Theologian or Savior | Social Technology or Religion

13 October, 2021 - 3 min read

029_ Conversation: Theologian or Savior | Social Technology or Religion

Hey there, and thank you for tapping into this episode of _bandwidth: coast to coast.

If you were to meet me in any number of social situations, something that you would be unlikely to learn about me during that typically short conversation, is my deep love and study of theology.

For really as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by faith systems.

As I was going to a Catholic middle school and junior high, I had a pension for asking challenging questions about dogma, divinity and the nature of divine judgment.

This is all the while I’m checking out books from the library about Buddhism, reading the Art of War and having long chats with a Buddhist monk that also frequented the same library.

Before that it was Greek mythology, and before that it was Egyptian history and mysticism.

Now, to be clear, I’m not a religious person. I find difficulty in appreciating dogma of any kind.

I dislike zealot behavior and the chaotic suffering that frequently ensues.

But, some of the deepest, most enjoyable and profoundly impacting conversations I’ve had are with people who are either religious ministers of some kind, or people of deep faith.

Why is that? Well it might have something to do with my interest in what we are as beings, and how we can transcend our base attributes, to say nothing of my deep regard for morality and moral systems.

Religious thought is filled with riddles and ideas about how to get there. And I am deeply indebted to theologians for many of my first principals.

If we spend enough time in a philosophical debate, I'm surely to have quoted Jesus several times, and find comfort these days in his quote of being, "in the world, but not of it."

And through the pursuit of a similar end, there tends to be a lot of overlapping interest between my personal pursuit and those of religious devotion.

Perhaps that’s why the conversation with my returning guest is so rich and dynamic.

Having enjoyed her book and the interview we had previously, I asked Dr. Stewart to come back on and have a free flowing conversation with me.

We talk about one of my favorite thoughts, if Jesus was Christ, along with questions if social media movements could be a religion, where do we go as beings as we march down the technological path we’re set on, to say nothing of how to adapt to it now, and end with discussing how can we as people transcend it all?

I love talking with her and hope to have the chance again soon.

Here is my conversation with Emory professor of Theology, and author of Black Women Black Love, Dr. Dianne Stewart.

-J.R.

This was an excerpt from the intro essay to _bandwidth: coast to coast

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