‘Big Questions’ to discuss technology and spirituality


    How is technology changing the face of spirituality? Can technology meet our spiritual needs? What happens when faith goes digital?

    These are some of the questions expected to be answered Thursday at Big Questions.

    Big Questions is an event designed to bring students, faculty and staff together to discuss significant topics that resonate with the TCU community, Daniel Terry, the director of the university's sophomore and junior experience, said.

    The discussion Thursday will be focused on how today’s technology is changing the way we perceive ourselves, the world and spirituality, Terry said.

    “In today’s age, technology is becoming a big part of our lives, and it’s important to discuss how it is affecting our spirituality and whether it is making us more or less religious,” Henry Mak, a first year honors cabinet member who helped plan the discussion, said.

    The Student Development Services at the university in coordination with the John V. Roach Honors College developed and planned the Big Questions series of discussions.

    This will be the first of two Big Questions discussions scheduled to take place this semester, Terry said.

    Mak said the goal of these discussions is to get students and faculty together to discuss important topics that might not be addressed in everyday conversations.

    Sage Elwell, assistant professor of religion, will be opening the discussion Thursday. Elwell is currently researching how digital technology is impacting many core human experiences, according to the university's department of religion’s website.

    Big Questions will take place Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Mary Wright Admission Center. Food will be provided free of charge. All university students and staff are welcome to attend the discussion.