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5 Responses to “How Sociology Messed Up My Faith”

  1. Rick says:

    >It messed up my faith, for I came to see our eight-year goal was naïve.
    So since you’ve come to realize your naivety, how do/did you proceed. Can we expect a paradigm shift within the next 45 yrs? This is a genuine question, can you enlighten me?

  2. Rick says:

    PS Thanks for the reco on “Diffusion of Inovation”, and Amazon thanks you as well. : )

  3. Mike Metzger says:

    Rick – Of course we could hope for, work toward, seek a paradigm shift in the next 45 years. It would have to begin with a “creative minority” (stay tuned – that’s a future doggieheadtilt column)… or what is known as innovators. They would have to be coupled with early adopters in something like a skunk works, or innovation lab.

    The focus would be learning by doing… less lecture, more problem solving. The challenge would be unlearning. Mark Twain said the essence of education is what we unlearn. Unlearning requires repenting of, and repudiating, non-conscious beliefs once they come to the surface.

    Few folks do this. Few folks invite this.

  4. Jason Bohn says:

    I’m aware of the 17 year process toward innovation and familiar with the book. The thought that hit me while reading your application to how the shift occurred in homosexual perception came about was the line about moving to NY & LA. I’ve taken a “gay” history tour of NY and they weren’t there just influencing culture. They came together to have an accepting “community” from which came the strength to stay engaged in cultural change. Sadly, I don’t see churches, especially evangelical churches, as an accepting community for innovators to gain and sustain the strength that it would take to “change the world.” I appreciate this virtual community, but it is not the same. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how to have a Christian community supportive of innovators.

  5. Mike Metzger says:

    As a matter of fact I’ve worked up a proposal for how a church could do this. Email me at: and I will send it to you.

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