On Technology (massive links edition)

OK warning right up front – there are a lot of links here – don’t even try to read them all. But there is also something for everyone if you’re interested in developments in our increasing technological society and how as Christians we live well in that. I’ve done my best to group them to make it easy to navigate and find what you might be looking for.

Disclaimer: I’m not endorsing any or all of these articles, just that they’re interesting and we can learn something from most of them whether they are Christian or not.

You’ll get to smartphones quick because I reckon most of us need to think about those delightful machines in our pockets but before then I want to pull out one article for special attention.

The Amish understand a life-changing truth about technology the rest of us don’t 

Photo by Deepak Trivedi

There are killer quotes and insights on almost every paragraph. Here are a few that stood out to me:

It’s not that the Amish view technology as inherently evil. No rules prohibit them from using new inventions. But they carefully consider how each one will change their culture before embracing it. And the best clue as to what will happen comes from watching their neighbors.

The reason the Amish rejected television is because it is a one-way conduit to bring another society into their living rooms. 

As soon as you have a car, your ability to leave your local community becomes significantly easier.

I asked one Amish person why they didn’t use automobiles. He simply smiled and turned to me and said, “Look what they did to your society.” And I asked what do you mean? “Well, do you know your neighbor? Do you know the names of your neighbors?” And, at the time, I had to admit to the fact that I didn’t.

We redesigned our world to be safe for automobiles and dangerous for children.

On smartphones

People use their smartphone to take photos of the L’Oreal fashion show on the Champs Elysees avenue during a public event organized by French cosmetics group L’Oreal as part of Paris Fashion Week, France, October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RC1CAB6813E0

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