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THEO 303 (Sp '16) T06-07 - Living in a Technological Age

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Transcript of THEO 303 (Sp '16) T06-07 - Living in a Technological Age

Sources and Image Credit
Adopted John Dyer,
From the Garden to the City
, for this presentation.
Living in a Technological Age
Is technology neutral?
- technology is merely the
instrument of the person using it (tool is neutral)
- technology is an unstoppable power
Technological Determinism:
Middle ground
- users will be held accountable for their choices, but
technology still plays a role in influencing the
decisions they make
Using a shovel
- technology is the means by
which we transform the world
- we, too, are transformed
- the transformation technology brings, happens
regardless of why a person uses a tool
Impact of technology
“The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium - that is, of any extension of ourselves - result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves or by any new technology.” (Marshall McLuhan)
- the communication tool can overshadow what we
want to say
- technology transforms our bodies, our mental
capabilities and our relational worlds.
- has potential to enslave us
Two ways of understanding technology
Would a world with technology that allowed us to live indefinitely - free from disease and even death - be a "better" world than the one we are living in now?
role of technology
who/what saves
Temptation with technology
- to use it as a substitute for God
- idol - "disordered love" (Augustine)
- a good thing becomes a God thing
What makes us human
- to reflect God’s image to the rest of creation
- ability to create things, images, rituals, language
be aware that these tools also mediate a set of values, meaning and identity back to us
How using technology changes us
1) Technology
that we do naturally
2) It
something that we
used to do
3) It
something from the past
4) It has the possibility of
into a more
negative behavior when it's overused.
Modern digital tools
- print transforms our thinking, images transform
our feeling, telegraphs transform our informing,
and phones transform our relating
- every technology functions to extend a natural
human capacity
- connected systems combine several of our human
capacities into one device
Guidelines for Christian living
- 2 John 12;
- always use technology in service of face-to-face
relationship, never as a replacement
Evaluating technology
1) valuation
2) experimentation
3) limitation
4) togetherness
5) cultivation
The impact of technology
same time
transfer of thoughts and ideas happens
across time and space
face-to-face communication offers complete joy
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