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Many worry about what the role of technology plays in the lives of Christians and whether there is more to our story. In fact, technology plays a vital role in each one of our stories. “God has gifted human beings with remarkable ability to dream, create, and invest technologies that serve us as we serve him, technologies that enable us to better serve him.” This book is an excellent book from beginning to end as we join Challies in the story of the digital explosion. In this book, Christians can learn and explore different suggestions and ideas to use technology with new “character, virtue and wisdom” and how to respond faithfully as the next story unfolds.
Throughout this book, Challies explains that it is no good to live as “experience rich and theology poor.” I have never been explained how to use technology this way until reading this book. I had never made sense of the consequences I would experience while using technology. I relate to others who find a “tension between how we use technology, how we know technology operates, and how God expects us to use technology.” If we use technology without actually thinking deeply about it, then we will never understand how it is impacting our lives and hearts.
I enjoyed reading this book because it helped me to be not just thoughtful and informed but also informed by the Bible and more deeply understanding God’s purpose for technology. “In that place of thoughtful, technological discernment, we live in light of what we know to be true about technology, what we know to be true about ourselves, and what we know to be true about the God who made us.”If we use technology without questioning our use of it, then it is no good. And if we use technology with critical insight, it still does us no good if we don’t understand God’s purpose.
Challies writes this book in an extremely relatable way that is easy to understand. He connects with those of us who are tempted to embrace technology without a second look and those who are a little bit scared and separated from technology. The goal of this book is to make all of us into discerning Christians. It is in this response that we learn to “look carefully at the new realities, weight and evaluate them, and educate himself, thinking deeply about the potential consequences and effects of using a particular technology.” This book disciples us to both embrace and reject the proper technologies while relying on the Holy Spirit, and “learn how he can live with virtue in this new digital world.” If that is something that you are interested in, then I definitely recommend this book.
Instead, I read a superficial discussion, based in part on the superficial writings of a sixties humanist. On a number of occaisions the author demonstrated an abysmal ignorance of the technologies he did attempt to address.
Even more frustrating, he managed to approach, but then, at the last moment, cleverly swerve away from addressing several substantive issues I had hoped he would speak to.
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