Having a brainstorming session with a bunch of guys this morning brought up some topics that I haven’t been able to talk about for a while, and that’s exciting. Even more exciting was an article by the Telegraph published today that talked about how Grand Theft Auto and Twitter (and Beowulf) demonstrate the staying power of “story”.
A foundational element in the accounts found in Scripture, both historical and theological, is the narrative aspect of the Word: The Biblical Narrative.
And this is one of the most attractive things about the Scriptures, at least for me. It’s watching the events of God and His people unfold in a beautiful tapestry of stories, interwoven between areas of poetry and wisdom, and interconnected in such a way that it inevitably points to The Christ.
Technology, in whatever forms or flavors that we employ, use, or take advantage of, must contain elements of the narrative. Disregard of the story will not produce the change that is so needed and desired in your technological endeavors.
One question that often times comes up is whether this “heady” thought is absolutely necessary in a product development roadmap. Arguably, the answer can be a resounding “no”, if one’s desire is a half-baked experience and encounter with the Gospel and with Christ. What I’m talking about is the full-bodied experience, the full salvation plan (justification, sanctifcation, etc…).
Too much thought?
I don’t think so. None of us take God’s salvation plan lightly… why would we produce applications, software, and online experiences without deep consideration of the theological underpinnings?
I thought so.