Here are the five elements of such a future that I see – the order is somewhat key:
- Interface – The future of faith emphasizes a means of control or interactivity between one’s faith and life. We use our phone via a touchscreen, icon-based interface. So, what’s the interface for our faith and life?
- Connection – With whom or what must we be connected in order for something to be legitimately called, “faith?”
- Content – What is the content of that connection – that which gets transmitted and received?
- Experience – What is the experience that such a connection, content, and the usage of an interface conjure?
- Embodiment – And, beyond a passive, “experience,” how should one will an embodiment of that which is beyond the totality of the top four?
None of this is, “new,” per se, because religion is human. And, therefore, the elements of any paradigm of faith are (somewhat) universal.
- What is distinctive this time, however, is the digital-first orientation that re-interprets the nature of each element.