From Good News to Fake News
by Sarah Morice Brubaker
Theologians have had plenty to say about the difference between truth-telling and lying, and truth-tellers and liars. But what about the person who pronounces things with great certainty, even when she is in no position to know whether she is correct? Is she a liar? Is she simply mistaken? Does it matter whether what was said is itself true, or false? Sarah Morice Brubaker invites participants to think of the overconfident person as a bad neighbor. She shows how overconfidence, which goes back to antiquity, is now built into current economic forces and communication technologies. Why is overconfidence so handsomely rewarded in contemporary culture? Are there effective ways to challenge the devastating theology of overconfidence? Brubaker identifies strategies that can work, as well as obstacles to avoid.
Two audio set (57 & 57 mins)
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Sarah Morice Brubaker (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Assistant Professor of Theology at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and author of The Place of the Spirit (2013). Her shorter writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Religion Dispatches, Geez Magazine, This Land Press, and Salon. She currently serves as program chair of the Liberal Theologies Consultation of the American Academy of Religion.
This lecture took place at the Westar Institute Spring 2018 National Meeting in Santa Rosa, California.