Hacking Christianity: A Shared Works Pedagogy for Communities of Faith

From: Volume 4NS, Issue 1: Spring 2000 Pages 91-101

Abstract

This paper examines central elements of the style of education that has recently developed among computer "hackers" and suggests that certain principles of hacker-style learning can and should be applied in other settings, even those of congregational and school-based religious education. In dialogue with the research of cultural historian Ignace Meyerson and contemporary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, it proposes a practical theoretical framework through which this application may be explored, and argues for a model of religious education that revolves around the shared cultural works of communities of faith.

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