In Critical Thinking and the Bible in the Age of New Media, Charles Ess collects contemporary scholarship to address the question: What does critical thinking about the Bible mean as the Bible is "transmediated" from print to electronic formats? This volume, the first of its kind, is made up of contributions originally developed for a conference sponsored by the American Bible Society. Ess provides a collection grounded in a wide diversity of religious traditions and academic disciplines—philosophy, biblical studies, theology, feminism, aesthetics, communication theory, and media studies. His introduction summarizes the individual chapters and develops their broader significance for contemporary debates regarding media, postmodernism, and the possible relationships between faith and reason
Charles M. Ess holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University. He is Distinguished Research Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Drury University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Critical Thinking, Biblical Texts, and Faith and Reason in the Age of New Media Chapter 2 Critical Thinking: Keynote Address: Reasoned Judgment and Revelation: The Relation of Critical Thinking and Bible Study Chapter 3 Critical Thinking Within Biblical Texts: Bible Reading and Critical Thinking; Critical Thinking for Ordinary Believers Chapter 4 Three Contemporary Perspectives on Critical Thinking and the Bible: Let the Reader Understand: Biblically Disciplined Thought in Light of the Interrogative Model of Reasoning; Critical Thinking in the Black Church; Women's Feminist Critical Thinking Chapter 5 Postmodern Perspectives: Reading Scripture as Critical-thinking Christians in a Postmodern Era; Mcluhan and a Critical Electronic Ethos: Contexts in Collision or Harmony; Hearing the Hum in a Wired World: Preliminary Musings on Virtual Reality and E Chapter 6 Voices of Caution: Images Have Consequences: The Impact of the Visual on the Word; Reading and Critical Thinking: Pentecostal Traditions vis-á-vis New Media Chapter 7 Middle Grounds: Bible Study, Critical Thinking and Post-Critical Thought: Cultural Considerations; Bible Reading between History and Industry; Prayer and the Internet Chapter 8 Contributors Chapter 9 Index