Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology
Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology

Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology

by Albert Borgmann


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We live in a culture shaped and fueled by technology. Usually we equate access to technology with opportunity and the chance to pursue "the good life." Power Failure raises some crucial, if disconcerting, questions about technology: If technology liberates us, what kind of liberation does it promise? Are we prospering, and by what definition?
Albert Borgmann looks at the relationship between Christianity and technology by examining some of the "invisible" dangers of a technology-driven lifestyle. Specifically, he points out how utility and consumption have replaced connection to physical things and meaningful practices in everyday life. Power Failure calls us to redeem and restrain technology through simple Christian practices, including citizen-based decision making, shared meals, and daily Scripture reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587430589
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2003
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Albert Borgmann is professor of philosophy at the University of Montana. His previous publications include Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life, Crossing the Postmodern Divide, and Holding on to Reality.

Table of Contents

Part 1The Circumstances of the Culture of Technology
1.The Invisibility of Contemporary Culture11
2.The Moral Significance of Material Culture25
3.Communities of Celebration35
Part 2The Place of Christianity in the Culture of Technology
4.Contingency and Grace65
5.Power and Care81
6.Liberty, Festivity, and Poverty95
7.Courage and Fortitude109
8.The Culture of the Word and the Culture of the Table117

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