Item description for Beyond Paradise: Technology and the Kingdom of God by Jack Clayton Swearengen...
Overview Technology is shaping our culture and controlling our lives--for better or for worse. Often, technology's benefits far outweigh its negative impacts, and technological advances can seem boundless. But the scientific-technological worldview tends to override other value systems. Indeed, this technological way of thinking has influenced many contemporary ideas, beliefs, values, habits, and ways of communicating. Furthermore, in addition to technology's well-known environmental impacts, social, aesthetic, and spiritual consequences are now emerging. How can we balance positive physical effects of technology with other ambiguous or negative impacts?Some of the decisions we face have no precedent from which to draw wisdom. For this reason, the resources of Scripture and the Christian tradition must be brought to bear on technological questions: How is technology used and abused today? Does technological progress lead to human progress? How can Scripture help us, both individually and collectively, to manage technology's impact in proactive waysSwearengen uncovers a comprehensive scriptural mandate for managing technology. On his way to a theology of technology, he evaluates which advances are moving society in directions consistent with God's purposes. Beyond Paradise: Technology and the Kingdom of God aims to provide practical means for assessing technology's influence and for steering technology and its effects toward biblical ends.
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 7.32" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.12 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN 1597528420 ISBN13 9781597528429
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An amazingly thorough guide to the intersection of Christian ethics and technolgy Mar 10, 2008
On the title page of Beyond Paradise Swearengen introduces his book as a "prophetic primer for church leaders." From that page onward Swearengen does a masterful job of living up to his lofty promise. In true engineer turned educator style Swearengen systematically breaks down the intimidating subject of technology and its effects on the planet and our culture into chunks of information that the interested reader can digest. Starting with a synopsis of the development of technology from the beginning of recorded history up to present times, Swearengen methodically maneuvers his way through several millennia and boils down the major technological achievements of mankind and their effects on the environment and our society into the first three chapters of this ground breaking book. After laying this thorough basis for an in depth conversation on technology and its implications, Swearengen addresses the current social/spiritual impacts that these technological developments have already had and projects into the future what society can expect if it continues to mistake "growth for progress." Not wanting to leave his readers without a plan of action, Swearengen wraps up his book by giving practical advice for both church leaders and developers of technology.
While numerous books have been written in recent years dealing with the need for a "green" movement within the evangelical community, few have set out to deal so directly with both the religious and societal impacts of technology as rigorously as Swearengen does. I have yet to read a book on technology and culture that has been as thoroughly researched and clearly footnoted as Swearengen's text. This book truly serves as a superb jumping off point for the concerned individual that wishes to learn more about the spiritual impacts of the techno-centric society we live in. Swearengen's keen mind and sharp wit coupled with his thorough research and engineering background make this book truly live up to its promise of being a "prophetic primer."