I was not a particularly early or enthusiastic adopter of Facebook, though I have had an account for years now, and I’ve grown fonder of the platform over time. I think I’m most grateful for the ability it affords me to stay in touch with friends who are now distant, and to reconnect with friends I might otherwise never again have seen or known in any capacity. Facebook has its disconcerting sides—it’s easy to slide into an obsessive posture, constantly checking for updates and likes and so forth. And on the spectrum of embodied relationality, it pushes the needle towards the “disembodied” end. At the end of the day, however, I think Facebook is really just life as usual—only as interesting as the “friends” you have, or the people you “follow.” I’m happy to report that I’ve managed to dupe some interesting people into allowing me to be their “friends,” at least on Facebook.
As a result, I’ve started to appreciate Facebook as a way to connect with authors (I regularly receive Facebook messages from authors, including one this week with a book proposal attached) and for the avenues it’s opening for theological engagement. The forums are small, the conversations don’t typically last long, and what’s happening on Facebook is not that different from what happens on blogs. But Facebook is a wonderfully central location to discover theological conversations and forums worth joining. I’m going to list a few that I’m aware of, and I would invite readers to comment with ones I’ve failed to notice.