Technology & Spirituality: How the Information Revolution Affects Our Spiritual Lives

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Can you live a spiritual life in a hyperconnected world?

“Technology is part of what defines us; it’s part of what makes us human. More than that, the technologies we adopt affect the very type of humans we become. The tools we choose to use and how we use them affect how we think, how we make decisions, how we relate to one another, how we construct knowledge, even how we think about God.”
—from the Introduction

Every day, new technologies affect your life at home, at work and ...

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Overview

Can you live a spiritual life in a hyperconnected world?

“Technology is part of what defines us; it’s part of what makes us human. More than that, the technologies we adopt affect the very type of humans we become. The tools we choose to use and how we use them affect how we think, how we make decisions, how we relate to one another, how we construct knowledge, even how we think about God.”
—from the Introduction

Every day, new technologies affect your life at home, at work and at play. But how often do you pause to consider how your computer, mp3 player, cell phone, or PDA influence your spiritual life—your beliefs, your faith, your fundamental understanding of God?

With wit and verve, Stephen Spyker leads you on a lively journey through the many ways technology impacts how we think about faith and how we practice it. He explores the role of new spiritual communities, the personal relationships we have with our gadgets, our changing expectations, helping you to think about the many, often subtle, ways technology has seeped into every aspect of our lives and changed the way we “do” faith.

  • Can online churches replace traditional houses of worship?
  • Will my iPod give me peace of mind?
  • Is technological convenience undermining our ability to create community and make commitments?

Whether a technophile or technophobe, no matter your faith or background, this book will entertain and challenge you while encouraging you to take a fresh look at spirituality in our modern world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594732188
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 968,232
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen K. Spyker has lived and worked at the intersection of religion and technology for over thirty-five years, most recently serving as director of information technology at Earlham School of Religion and at Bethany Theological Seminary, both in Richmond, Indiana.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Redefining the Boundaries     1
'Tis a Gift to Be Simple     17
Finding Our Way     35
Virtual Village     51
I Am My iPod     67
Arigato, Roboto     83
I Can't Drive 55     101
Neutrons, Networks, and New Models of God     115
The Truth Shall Set You Free     133
Notes     148
Suggestions for Further Reading     157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    Excellent resource for class

    I have been using this book as a text for a class I am teaching on Communication, Technology & Society. It provides a beautifully well-rounded approach to the topic area. It raises interesting questions for students and provides a good starting point for discussions. The first and last chapters are the best as Spyker begins by looking at questions of what life was like without technology and ends with thought-provoking ideas on how technology impacts our view of God.

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