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Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology [Paperback]

By Albert Borgmann (Author)
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Philosophical reflections on the relationship between Christianity and technology: what it should be, what it is, and how we should think about it.

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We live in a culture shaped and fueled by technology. Usually we equate access to technology with opportunity and the chance to pursue "the good life." Power Failure raises some crucial, if disconcerting, questions about technology: If technology liberates us, what kind of liberation does it promise? Are we prospering, and by what definition?
Albert Borgmann looks at the relationship between Christianity and technology by examining some of the "invisible" dangers of a technology-driven lifestyle. Specifically, he points out how utility and consumption have replaced connection to physical things and meaningful practices in everyday life. Power Failure calls us to redeem and restrain technology through simple Christian practices, including citizen-based decision making, shared meals, and daily Scripture reading.

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Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology by Albert Borgmann has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 07/01/2003 page 67
  • Choice - 01/01/2004 page 924
  • Choice - 06/01/2007 page 1681

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Brazos Press
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.88" Width: 6.64" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2003
Publisher   Brazos Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  1587430584  
ISBN13  9781587430589  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Albert Borgmann is professor of philosophy at the University of Montana. His previous publications include Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life, Crossing the Postmodern Divide, and Holding on to Reality.

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this book was a real turn on.  May 3, 2004
This is the first book I read that really made me aware of how technology conspires against the gospel in that it promises something totally different. Borgmann is not anti-technological, but he is evaluative of his use of technology (and he makes a good case for being that way). He also outlines ways that we can approach life beyond the technolgical millieu's commodifcation of it. A little heady in places, but really makes you think!!
A Reasonable Religious Response to Technology  Mar 11, 2004
Borgmann lucidly explicates the occluding nature of technology in this brief treatise. He argues that the possibility of a rich public life of celebration and personal life of focal practices are hidden by the disengaging nature of technology, and thereby stips life of fundamental meaning. In this way, technology is not value-neutral, but neither is it inevitable. Commodification has made a promise of liberation that it is unable to keep. But there are contingent aspects of social and political life that remain open to fundamental choices, which can lead us to engagement with our reality. It is these contingent areas that the concept of grace, informed by Christian concepts of the Eucharist and the Word of God, can penetrate and bring meaning. For Borgmann, the force of Christianity's salvific message is less a "soteriological imperialism" and more a postmodern version of liberation theology, which will turn off more conservative readers. But in its major thesis, it is a signficant addition to the field. Technology is revealed as a moral issue with implications of disengagement and loss of meaning, and Borgmann has taken a strong step forward toward a solution.

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