Something amazing happened in the mid-1800s in America. There was new interest and passion for religious order. There was a sudden yearning for personal responsibility and a demand for public support of the Christian faith. It was called, "The Great Awakening". And, among other things, it spawned the rejection of status quo thinking, and launched the birth of thousands of new Christian denominations.
Something else happened in the mi-1800s: the patent of the rotary press and the manufacturing of the first paper mill.
In the 1920s, we entered a new era of technology. The Scopes Monkey Trials challenged the general acceptance of religious fundamentals and, with the advent of radio broadcasting and the craze for crystal set, or vacuum tube radios, everybody heard about it.
The same challenges followed and expanded with the popularity of television.
There should be no surprise, then, with explosion of communication technology we've experienced in the past 20 years, that the manner in which we practice our faith is undergoing a revolution.
What has been touted as great spiritual revival may have simply been advances in technology in the availability of information. That's not to say that God hasn't been working in powerful ways. It is to say that He hasn't been the only one. And suddenly, like so many times before, we have access to more diverse perspectives and understandings of information than ever before... regardless if they are true or not.
It's fun to be smarter than other people. We eat it up. And when someone proves someone else to be wrong, we eat it up like intellectual cannibals.
The Apostle Paul tells us that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing (1st Corinthians 8:1). It has to be balanced with love. Peter will echo this sentiment in 2nd Peter 3:18, when he says, "Grow in grace and in your knowledge of the Lord and Savior.
Timothy is warned that people don't want to hear "sound doctrine." They want to hear what sounds good, or right, or whatever makes me feel smarter than everyone else.
As long as these are the issues we are dealing with, we will never find God. The funny thing is that He has never been limited by the lack of technology. That's not to say that God doesn't use the technologies that are available... but we need to be seeking Him, and not just information about Him.