McLuhan’s observation on faith:
I suppose it’s possible to have little faith—the Scriptures even mention it: “O ye of little faith”—it seems to be directed there to people who’ve ‘switched off,’ who just reject the sound and the Word. St. Paul’s remark that “faith comes by hearing” rather than by any visual manifestation suggests how total it is. It was the old philosophers who pointed out that the world of resonance—acoustic space—is a complete sphere, whose center is everywhere and whose margin is nowhere. In the world of faith, you have that experience of being always at the center, and the center is everywhere, and the margins are nowhere. This is the amazing structure of the resonant world of hearing as compared to the visual world, with its sharp boundaries, its rigid points of view, its antagonisms, differences, contrasts, and so on. Whereas the world of faith, with its much greater power to receive and to involve, seems to rule out a lot of these petty differences—petty points of view. (TV Interview with Father Patrick Peyton, 1971)
Notice that McLuhan’s observation regards various media as environments. I’ll explain this more during the Apostles in New Media Mini Conference, August 23.
If faith should be an all-surrounding environment, how can we communicate this amidst a visual world? (I would imagine that deaf apostolates can teach us plenty about this.)