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  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    I think the Internet is changing many things. The church institution has lost its ‘gateway’ function, especially in the younger generation (say, age 40 and under).

    Using your cartoon’s example:

    A young woman no longer has to go to her church board to debate a ‘men are ordained, and no one else’ ruling. Before the Internet… the church board could be a closed ‘gateway’ and control the conversation, or even deny to discuss her points and objections….but now….

    She goes to the Internet. She debates there. She learns new thoughts and ways of interpreting the scriptures.

    She goes to the Internet, and launches a survey, or a petition, or a blog.

    She goes to the Internet, and studies other denominations, and determines to take her family to a new denomination that already perceives the Bible in the same way she perceives the Bible.

    She goes to the Internet, and connects with the new denomination, and chats online with a female associate pastor.

    She goes to the Internet, sends an email resigning her membership in the old church, and begins attending the new church.

    She goes to the Internet to grieve the loss of her old friends… even as some denounce her for leaving….. and, she goes to the Internet, to chat with that associate pastor who helps her through the grieving.

    The church institution lost its ‘gateway’ function due to the Internet.

    And now, there are many options for the confidant woman in your cartoon.

  2. I like this: the “church institution lost its ‘gateway’ function”.