Robert Gollwitzer

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Use of media and Bible verses

Posted on April 8, 2017 at 6:55 AM

Some people seem to use the media on the internet like they use the Bible: They have their own opinion which is in no way based on any facts - and now they are looking for links (or Bible verses for that matter) that seem to confirm that opinion (completely neglecting the trustworthiness of the source or the context in the Bible). This is destructive for the people who do that and highly dangerous for society as a whole.

Online-Prediger

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 7:20 AM

Wie kommt es, dass sich vieles, was manche Christinnen und Christen so im Internet von sich geben, wie Sekten-ähnliche Parolen anhört? Wie ein fanatischer Hype, der genauso schnell vorbei ist, wie er kam - oder gar ins Gegenteil umschlägt? Kürzlich sah ich gar einen "christlichen" Online-Prediger, der sich für mich genauso wie ein Anhänger von ISIS anhörte. Ich musste mehrmals nachsehen, ob er nicht gar einer war... Zumeist sind die von diesen Predigern vertretenden Thesen auch theologisch sehr armselig. Kein Wunder, da wohl die wenigsten dieser Menschen überhaupt eine theologische Grundausbildung haben und die Bibel nach eigenem Gutdünken lesen, aber nicht studieren. Zur Verdeutlichung: Wenn ich heute sage: "Das Auto ist im Eimer", weiß jeder, was gemeint ist. Wenn ich das aber aufschreibe und 2.000 Jahre später liest dies jemand und macht daraus einen Glaubensgrundsatz, dass Autos zerlegt und in Eimer verteilt werden müssen, bekomme ich in etwa das, was manche dieser Prediger vertreten. Überzeugen werden sie mit ihren Thesen wohl niemand - am allerwenigsten sich selbst.

The New Barbarians

Posted on November 8, 2016 at 1:20 PM

The US election campaign has shown one thing: the elite fears social media like nothing else as they can't control us. The official newspapers and magazines have become unimportant. People lost all interest in them. Social media is a force like the Barbarians at the gates of ancient Rome: we will run you over and you can't hide a damn thing from us!

Comments on facebook

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Sometimes we just can't admit we might be wrong. So we write another comment and another one simply in order to desperatly try to make a point we are right. Why? Is our pride so big and our self worth so low we are unable to reflect upon our attitude? I guess it is easier to say 'yes, but...' than 'there might be some truth in what you are saying'.

Is the internet brainwashing people?

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 4:40 AM

Something that struck my mind for quite a while is that it seems to be close to being impossible to lead a reasonable discussion with people anymore. If you make a point, they send you links of which they probably only read the headline. Links to "prove" their point. Links that say what they want them to say. When you argue logically against that, they send you another of those links. That is like being in a sect - you stop thinking for yourself and have others think for you. Likewise with social media, Google and what else there is out there. They remember what your preferences are and show you articles that are in line with these. The point is that each one of us gets a set worldview designed for his or her prejudices and existing mindets. We all buy that and think the whole world is like this. We don't even think about it anymore. How about the world out there is totally different from what we thought it to be? How about people are totally different? If you present people a pre-chosen worldview, you influence politics, the military, economy and religion. You control the world. This is not conspiracy theory, this is reality. If you don't believe it, go to a computer of someone who do not know and look what he or she gets presented. It will most likely be totally different from your screen. Think about it. Act.