Beyond Cutting Edge?

Beyond Cutting Edge?

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A quick scan of any newsstand is enough to confirm the widespread preoccupation with technological change. As a myriad of articles and advertisements demonstrate, not only are we preoccupied with technology, but we are bombarded with numerous reminders that the cutting edge is in constant motion. Most often the underlying assumption of Christians is that we have no choice but to find ways to cope with the latest and greatest. Indeed, it is often assumed that the church has no choice but to find ways to cope with its new technological context. This book does not make the same assumptions. Building on the work of Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder, it argues that the practices of the church make it possible for Christians to conscientiously engage technology. This happens when we recognize that marks of the church such as patience, vulnerability, and servanthood can put technological ideals such as speed, control, and efficiency in their proper place. In the course of grappling with three examples of morally formative technologies--automobiles, genetically modified food, and the Internet--this book goes beyond Yoder's thought by emphasizing that the church also plays a crucial role in our moral formation.THE PREVIOUS CHAPTER ATTEMPTED to build a case for the theological significance of technology. ... In building the case for this argument, I hope to answer the question: granted that we need to think theologically about technology, why should we utilize Yoder? This is an ... biblical theology, and Christian ethics, he did not publish an essay much less a monograph devoted to the topic of technology.

Title:Beyond Cutting Edge?
Author:Paul C. Heidebrecht
Publisher:Wipf and Stock Publishers - 2014-03-10


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