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Jardine, Murray. The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society: How Christianity Can Save Modernity from Itself. First Edition edition. Grand Rapids, Mich: Brazos Press, 2004.

Kelly, Kevin. What Technology Wants. Unknown edition. New York: Penguin Books, 2011.

Noble, David F. The Religion of Technology: The Divinity of Man and the Spirit of Invention. New York: Penguin Books, 1999.

Schuurman, Derek C. Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2013.

Is there a direction (structure and direction) inherent to technology that needs to be understood (efficiency over beauty) that must be mitigated by Christians and if so, how?
Sara | 11.12.16 | 04:27 pm
Hi Sara, I think the efficiency versus beauty tension is likened to the business versus creative debate. On the macro level there is a tendency to see them as either or. That is we have to sacrifice efficiency for beauty, but even the most efficiently written algorithms are inherently beautiful when we wrap our heads around them and realize the stroke of divine genius laden within them. The fallacy that needs to be mitigated by Christians is to avoid seeing one being the lesser. That is if out gifts are more pragmatic and we love writing efficient technology that is great at accomplishing outcomes, that we should not disregard or belittle the creative front-end designers who labour for the UX experience. For the designers the complement is true, that they should not belittle or undercut the functionality that drives their design to be useful and purposeful. In that way pride around superiority or primacy of gifting is a fallacy to avoid because it does not align with the biblical perspective that all gifts are equally valuable to God and given by Him. Another imbalance we find in the technology industry is the view that technology alone can change the world or undervaluing technology to be a blessing in our lives.
Owen Ly | 12.08.16 | 10:58 am