Men with Digital Chests by Devin O'Donnell

Men with Digital Chests

Worship, Education & the Occult Dangers of the Electronic Age

It has taken more than two years for the impositions of masking to subside, nor is there any certainty that they will not be revived again. Whether or not there is a human conspiracy at work behind the scenes to perpetuate this ongoing concealment of God's image, there is certainly a diabolical one. But that is not all the devils are up to. The days are evil, and hell worketh overtime.

Faced, at least in some quarters, with new lockdowns and a dystopian present of seemingly endless face covering, some Christians have taken solace from the digital technologies that allow us to traverse the waste spaces of the internet and gather in back-alley cyber rooms, where the online simulacra of our faces can be seen. In the last two years, the phrase "in person" has curiously become part of our lexicon to describe what we all used to expect as part of human life. Now churches have shifted their services to "livestream" for those at home. Enrollments in online academies have boomed. And working "remotely"—a word literally meaning "removed" from public space—has become a new norm for employers and employees alike.

A Cause for Rejoicing?


Devin O'Donnell is the author of The Age of Martha (Classical Academic Press, 2019), a book on leisure and education. He served as Research Editor for the Bible publishing project Bibliotheca (2015) and has taught and worked in classical learning for over 15 years. He writes for the CiRCE Institute blog and currently is the Director of Family & Community Education at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy. He continues to teach Great Books and write because he can’t help it. He is a classical hack, who came up through the manhole covers of learned society to find wisdom.

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