CBF Podcast: Why Social Media Divides Us, A Conversation with Douglas Bursch

By Andy Hale

We’ve all been there before. We felt passionate about something happening in our world, thumbed a sternly written rant about it, and then hit “Post.”

There is a fantastic sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when you have put into words what you felt inside about this thing or that. Except, your thoughts clash with this person’s ideologies and that person’s persuasions. Soon, your well-meaning post is met with harsh words, criticism, and fissures that you didn’t know existed before within your sphere of influence online.

This pandemic has undoubtedly amplified our opinions on some issues, especially online, considering we quite literally have not seen certain people in over a year physically. The unlimited domain of the internet gives us the feeling that we can say and do whatever we want without consequences.

“Whether confronting a pandemic or tackling the realities of everyday existence, the internet is a wonderfully powerful, dangerous tool,” said Dr. Douglas Bursch on the CBF Podcast.

Doug has written a new book, Posting Peace: Why Social Media Divides Us and What We Can Do About It. Bursch also co-pastors of the Evergreen Foursquare Church in Auburn, Washington, and the is Fairly Spiritual Show podcast host.

Bursch believes in combatting our argumentative social media climate through developing and promoting better arguments. “We believe providing better information leads to better discussions.”

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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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