Christian Discipleship in a Media-Saturated Culture

Speaker: Dr. T. David Gordon

Friday-Saturday, February 23-24, 2018


Topic Description: Marshall McLuhan and his disciple Neil Postman often warned that those who did not understand the new media would be its slaves. This week-end we wish to examine (briefly) the six major moments in human media, and to understand how the presence or absence of particular media shape individual consciousness/perceptiveness and cultural processes. Throughout, we ask: How can we be in our particular cultural moment without being of our cultural moment?

Speaker: Dr. T. David Gordon is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He is professor of religion and Greek at Grove City College, where since 1999 he has taught courses in religion, Greek, humanities, and media ecology. Prior to that, he taught New Testament (primarily Pauline studies) for thirteen years at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and for nine years he was pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashua, New Hampshire. He is the author of two books (Why Johnny Can't Preach? and Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns?), has contributed to a number of books and study Bibles (his notes on John's gospel appear in the New Geneva Study Bible and the Reformation Study Bible), and has published scholarly reviews and articles in journals such as New Testament StudiesThe Westminster Theological JournalInterpretation, and Journal for the Evangelical Theological Society. His popular articles have appeared in periodicals such as Modern ReformationTabletalkDecisionLay Leadership, and Second Nature. Many of his articles and essays are available on his personal website:

Audio: Recordings of all the session are available here, or you may click on the individual sessions below.

Lecture 1: Theological Introduction and Historical Survey: Six Moments from Socrates to Facebook

Lecture 2: We Make Media and Media Make Us: The Reciprocal/Dialogical Relationship Between Humans and Their Tools (including their tools of communication)

Lecture 3: Digital Media and Attention: How distracting digital media disrupt human attention

Lecture 4: Digital Media, Solitude, and Society: Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together, and how the digital world suits us neither for solitude nor society

Lecture 5: Q&A