Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Trade shows e.g. BVE 2013 and # 64 Theology

BVE 2013 didn't get my pulse racing!

I suppose trade shows have a use but probably they are of less significance than they used to be - so much is about the application and the people you want to do business/work with for many it offers a chance to meet up with colleagues and to double check that they're not totally missing the next big thing.
This year BVE London (as opposed to the Northern version) has moved from its old Olympia home (West-ish and more central-ish London) to the more purpose designed  ExCel centre in East London- I made a quick visit today.
Conference and show 'expo'

It's very much a 'techie' occasion with hardware all over the place as well as  lots of Seminars which cover production, storage and  distribution - last day (this year) tomorrow if you want to make the journey.

I noticed plenty of overseas visitors were there  but nothing leapt out at me on the 'TV meets Social phenomena' which I expect to start unleashing further change in the next 18 months or so. ExCel is a good modern functional venue for the event but it is in a soulless part of London well away from the established media communities.

Number 64 it's Theology as an Ian Crofton Big Idea !

Theology pretty much means the study of God and is derived from two Greek words theos (the God bit) and logos ( which I'm reliably informed means word).
Blindingly exciting 'expo'
Theology is thus all about the God thing and can include sacred texts and the paraphernalia and procedures associated with worshiping God

For Christianity theology has two bits
1) Natural which is  deduced from the natural world and experience. (No supernatural experience here.)
Natural theology takes an evolutionary process where stories about "Gods" are developed and created. Nietzsche argued that this probably had to do with the idea of respecting one's ancestors swelling up until they reached a concept far greater than just former peoples (which seems credible to me).

2) Revealed which is theology that is  based on the doctrine that all religious truth is derived exclusively from the revelations of God to humans. Revealed Theology  can perhaps come by  scriptures that are already known to us, or through revelation from God. When scriptures are read the person reading them may be considered to have the truth of them revealed by a feeling that it is 'true'.

Revealed theologies  involve a point where a person has had a revelation or an inspiring event has taken place. In Christianity this revelation was said to be one that was made by Abraham, and later Jesus.