Saturday, January 11, 2014

The value of silence

I just read an interesting piece on the effects of iPhones on our neurology by Ian H. Robertson:

The big takeaway I took from the article was the need for silence after learning something new. Since I'm still in the religious mindset from class this morning I of course started to think about how this applies to worship settings. The traditional liturgy has times of silence built into it and I'm wondering if this tradition has carried into contemporary services at all. My recollection from the few that I have attended is that there was not much time for silence. This is probably because society seems to be losing its willingness to suffer silence so the designers of new worship liturgies have removed them. The evidence would suggest that this silence is more valuable than we thought.

1 comment:

ihakk said...

Thanks for the link to the post. I agree that silence is a scare commodity in much of our world. One way I've seen worshiping communities provide for silence it to put in in after each lesson, and after the sermon. (And this is true silence, without the organist playing background music.)