The Next Story

The Next Story : Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion

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Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this "instant message" culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls. In a manner that's accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as: -How has life--and faith--changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?-How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities? -What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet ... with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 146 x 222 x 19mm | 353g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0310329035
  • 9780310329039
  • 185,904

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Are you concerned that you are becoming a slave to technology? Do you worry that you check your email / twitter / facebook too often? Do you feel that your mobile phone is often too intrusive? Are you lost without it? Are you interested in how to best utilise technology and digital media and to see how it fits into God's creation? If you answer any of these positively, then this is a book for you. One might simply describe this book as a theology of technology. The author, Tim Challies, aims to find the 'sweet spot' where "our use of technology is not just thoughtful and informed, but it is informed by the Bible, by an understanding of God's purpose for technology". Challies looks at how technology fits into a Christian view of creation, noting both the God-ordained creativity and potential for blessing that technology brings, but also recognising that in a fallen world this blessing can be distorted. The benefits of technology, he notes, are often obvious, while the pitfalls and costs it may bring are not, and thus we need to think carefully about these issues when introducing a new technology into our lives. Often we mistake technology for being additive, adding a certain functionality to our lives, when it reality it is ecological, actually changing the way we live. He looks at how technology and information can become addictive. He points out that we too often begin to see ourselves the way we evaluate technology, thinking faster and greater capacity is best, and warning that we are beginning to lose the ability to read and think deeply, often outsourcing what our brains ought to be doing, to pieces of hardware and software. This book also looks at issues of authority and perception of truth and the way sites like Google and Wikipedia have changed our understanding in this area, both helpfully and unhelpfully, looking in particular at the danger of truth by consensus. Challies is certainly not arguing for any kind of anti-progress, anti-technology Ludditism, but rather calls for us to be more discerning and thoughtful in the technologies we use and how we use them. Putting this in the context of faithful Christian living, he helpfully raises issues of accountability and idolatory. He is arguing for a view of technology that sees it as a good gift from God, to be used as our tools, not for us to become enslaved to it. After each chapter he ends with a few questions which help the reader formulate their own ideas and see how these issues might play out in their own life. I found this book very enjoyable but also very challenging. I recognised many of the pitfalls and related to some the struggles he writes about. I appreciated some of the suggestions he gives and have begun to try and implement some of the disciplines which I was challenged about. It is a very timely book, and in my experience, a unique one which deserves to be widely read (and re-read).show more
by Andrew Finden
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