The Digital Public Square
Each day we are confronted with the realities of living in a digital society that challenge some of our most basic understandings of truth, the nature of faith, and even the idea of a public square with a robust discourse over issues that matter. From the challenges of conspiracy theories and claims of Big Tech censorship to the growing dangers of hate speech and increased tribalism online, the new digital public square is becoming increasingly tense and at times it feels irreparably broken. Faced with deep polarization across society that is only exacerbated by the ubiquitous nature of digital connectivity, it is difficult at times for Christians to know how to navigate these challenges with truth and grace.
But these challenges often reveal deeper tension over the nature of ethics and the role of religion in our society, especially in our online discourse. Some claim religion has no role to play in public matters at all, while others understand the public nature of faith and religion. The Digital Public Square brings together top Christian leaders and thinkers to help you navigate these pressing challenges with robust public theology grounded in God’s unchanging word and the hope of the gospel message.
With issues ranging from conspiracy theories, sexual ethics, religious freedom, privacy, hate speech, and more, The Digital Public Square is designed to equip theologians, ethicists, pastors, and lay leaders cast a distinctly Christian vision for digital engagement and promote the common good throughout our society.
Table of Contents:
Part 1: Foundations
1. Simply a Tool? Toward a Christian Philosophy of Technology and Vision for Navigating the Digital Public Square
2. Once More, with Tweeting? Bracketing a Public Square from the Perils of Notoriety
3. The Wild West of Tech Policy: A Convergence of Optimism and Pessimism in the United States
4. The Global Digital Marketplace: Engaging International Technology Policy from a Christian Perspective
5. Can the Government Save Us from Ourselves? The Legal Complexities of Free Speech and Content Moderation
Part 2: Issues
6. Free to Believe? The Case for Religious Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age
Joshua B. Wester
7. Defining the Limits of Hate Speech and Violence: Dignity, Truth, and Speech in the Digital Public Square
8. Content Moderation and Suppressing Speech: Are There Limits on Talking about Sexuality and Gender Online?
Jeremy D. Tedesco and Christiana Kiefer
9. Should We Ban Pornography Online? Navigating the Complexities of Objectionable Content in a Digital Age
10. Dangers in the Digital Public Square: Navigating Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation in a Post-Truth Age
11. Centralizing Power and the Heavy Hand of the Regime: The International Challenges of Technology and Human Rights
Part 3: The Church
12. Following @Jesus: Christian Discipleship in the Twenty-First Century
13. The World Is Watching: Proclaiming Truth and Maintaining Our Witness in the Digital Age