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The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion

March 25, 2011

Trevin Wax interviews Tim Challies about his new book, The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion.  Challies says about the book:

My challenge when writing about technology was to about topics and to write in such a way that the book would be relevant to all of us. My mother carries a cell phone everywhere she goes, has a Facebook account and uses the Internet on a daily basis. So she needs to know about technology as much as her grandchildren do.

The three circles is an illustration I use to represent experience, theory and theology.

  • We all have experience with technology; every time we check email or watch television or answer a call on a cell phone we further develop that experience.
  • Many of us have some theory of technology. Perhaps we’ve read a book by Neil Postman or we’ve seen a TV special on the subject. Along the way most of us have picked up some theory of technology.
  • But what few of us have done is consider the biblical perspective on technology, which means that few of us have a theology of technology.

If you put these three circles together in a Venn diagram you’ve got a space that overlaps all three of them. What I want people to do is to try to find that spot, that spot where they are integrating experience, theory and theology.

Scot McKnight gives his review here.

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