Last month Tony Jones challenged progressive Christian bloggers to write something substantive about God. (Read all about it here.)

I responded with a post called “What I Hold On To.”

My post, along with many others, has been curated into a really impressive collection over at Patheos. Check out the first installment of #progGOD and see what progressive Christian bloggers think about God.

John W. Vest

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  1. Good use of ‘curated’ 🙂

    This is where this gets interesting.

    It’s interesting on two axes: criteria and mechanism.

    On criteria:

    I would be really interested to know what his curation criteria were/are. Which articles (and which authors) were included in the collection? What was the criteria for choosing them? If Dan Cathy (Chick-fil-a CEO) had penned a response, would it have been included? Why or why not? What values shape his curation?

    On mechanism:

    Presumably Tony performed a purely manual, “single source” curation: considering each submission manually. How would the curation be different if hundreds of theologians had up/down voted to crowd source the curation? What if there were a machine-readable profile of each of those theologians, such that I could filter my curations by theological slant? How would the curation be different if millions of folks had the opportunity to drop a 140-character, tumblr style comment on each submission, with the most active bubbling up? How would it work if the crowd were invited to “tag” or “label” each submission with a given set of tags, TED-style?

    What would happen if we “rewarded” contributors who participated in a follow-up conversation on each of the submissions, and crowd-sourced the curation of the followup conversation, too?

    These are the kinds of questions that were pushing boundaries on the internet two years ago. The church is still struggling with Web 1.0 concepts like blogging – we’re nowhere close to asking the kinds of Web 2.0 questions (and light years from Web 3.0 stuff)….but that’s where the fun is right now 🙂

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