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Choices at the Heart of Technology: A Christian Perspective (Christian Mission and Modern Culture) [Paperback]

By Ruth Conway (Author)
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What really drives the technologies that dominate our modern world? Ruth Conway here brings under scrutiny: the deceptive dreams of development, the masculine "voice and structure" of so much technology, the obsession with control that obliterates both recognition of human fallibility and sensitivity to the needs of "the other," the inadequacies of technologies that fail to take account of the "wholeness" of life and what might constitute "justice" (right relationships) within the human community and with nature, and the impact of information and communication technologies on our ways of relating to one another.

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What really drives the technologies that dominate our modern world? Ruth Conway here brings under scrutiny: the deceptive dreams of development, the masculine "voice and structure" of so much technology, the obsession with control that obliterates both recognition of human fallibility and sensitivity to the needs of "the other," the inadequacies of technologies that fail to take account of the "wholeness" of life and what might constitute "justice" (right relationships) within the human community and with nature, and the impact of information and communication technologies on our ways of relating to one another. Conway sets forth key biblical insights that test our prevalent guiding motives and that suggest changes in the priorities and ways of working that would flow from faith in the God whose purposes of love have been revealed in Jesus Christ. She highlights technologies that empower rather than control, that support local communities, that respect nature's life-sustaining processes, that bring "externalities" and the experience of marginalized people into consideration, and that address needs rather than creating wants. Ruth Conway is a founding member of the VALIDATE (Values in Design and Technology Education) network, initially associated with the British Council of Churches and now linked with professional associations of technology educators. Through articles and workshops she has explored the beliefs and commitments that lie behind the value judgments made in the development of any specific technology. With her husband Martin, she has been much involved in the life and work of the World Council of Churches.

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Studio: Trinity Press International
Pages   125
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.26" Width: 4.78" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1999
Publisher   Trinity Press International
Edition  New  
Series  Christian Mission And Modern Cul  
ISBN  1563382873  
ISBN13  9781563382871  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ruth Conway is a founding member of the VALIDATE (Values in Design and Technology Education) network, initially associated with the British Council of Churches and now linked with professional associations of technology educators. Through articles and workshops she has explored the beliefs and commitments that lie behind the value judgments made in the development of any specific technology. With her husband Martin, she has been much involved in the life and work of the World Council of Churches.

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Great, provacative read.  Dec 7, 2005
I am not willing to engage in a flame war. Simply put, the arguments are more nuanced and open than another reviewer put it and Conway is not a Luddite.
 
Radical and Misguided  Jan 24, 2001
In the preface, the author mentions that religion has been banished to the backwater of modern culture by modern culture. Hmm... not the most positive of perceptions. I disagree with this statement as many regions of the world are seeing a rise in the interest of religion. Since she is from England, I understand why she feels this way as interest in religion has been on the decline in Europe. Next.

The book quickly sinks into a tiring diatribe that sounds rather adolescent. Modern culture and technological improvements are to blame for everything from women being ignored, to poverty, to ruining planet earth etc.

I am certainly not disagreeing that technology has been overrated in our society and that at times more harm than good has been done. But certainly the author can do better than come up with examples such as people listen to CD's now rather than going to concerts and that CD player is a problem because people aren't interacting with each other. Dear author, why not have friends over while you listen to your CD's? Another odd example is that she mentions that lines at ATM's are longer than the lines used to be inside the bank and she makes it seem that ATM's have brought on more problems than convenience. So I guess the author would prefer that we go into the bank on our lunch hour so we can stand in line and converse with people in line and the teller for a moment rather than going to lunch with our co-workers and going to the ATM after work?!

The Internet is given time to of course. Oh by the way, if the Internet was designed by women rather than men, it would be so much more positive and rather than pornography and abusive messages and shoot-em up games, it would have information about health and local events for women so they don't seem so isolated.

The author also quotes from sources who are neo-Luddites - broadly speaking people who oppose technological change or one of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying labor-saving machinery in protest. Doesn't sound like a Christian approach to me.

The problem I have with this book is that the author thinks she represents the Christian perspective. I think it is more accurate to say that she is simply redirecting anger back at "moderns" because some of them have chastized her for her Christian beliefs. I don't know where the negative attitude toward men comes from. I was hoping for a more balanced and mature perspective.

 

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