Bartha on Technology

“This is the crux: When a 14-year old hacks Netscape and at 19 releases Firefox which gets downloaded a million times the first day; when a bored teen sings “Dragostea Din Tea” by the Romanian pop band “O-Zone” into his web cam and gets downloaded over a million times … emerging church leaders need to be nurturing their transformed imaginations and the imaginations of those young emerging leaders within their scope of influence.” Karl [Kirk] Bartha, Technology and the Velocity of Glory Next Wave].

UPDATE: I meant Kirk, not Karl. Sorry. Thats what happens when i am blogging at 2am.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • philjohnson says:

    Just a minor editorial point – the author is “Kirk Bartha” not Karl Bartha. In view of Kirk’s spiffy article in an e-zine I’m sure one could make an amusing but educative point about the difference between Kirk as a pithy writer and Karl Barth as a theologian suffering from prolixity (viz. the multi-volume Church Dogmatics).

  • Thanks, Phil — at first glance, I was trying to figure out how and why Karl Barth was commenting on technology… him commenting on Netscape seems chronologically unlikely. All that aside Andrew, the quote you presented makes a strong point.

  • philjohnson says:

    For Karl Barth to be commenting on Netscape one would have to invoke (I guess) 1 Samuel 28 to explain it!

  • andrew jones says:

    ahhhhhh – thanks everyone. i was half asleep at the computer last night. I just corrected that.

  • Very funny. What a laugh!

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