Bible Tech2009 John Dyer How Bible Technology Shapes Our Faith
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  • 1. How Bible Technology  Shapes Our Faith
  • 2. Before you skewer me :)
  • 3. Director of Web Development at Dallas Seminary
  • 4. http://bible.johndyer.name/
  • 5. • Technology and Society • Mediums and Messages • Bible and Technology
  • 6. Good Bad Neutral “It’s just how you use it”
  • 7. Phone = neutral Call your friend = Good Call in bomb threat = Bad
  • 8. How many phone numbers do you know by memory?
  • 9. Phone = morally neutral Phone ≠ effectively neutral
  • 10. • Know fewer numbers – Effect on the mind • Constantly accessible – Effects on relationships
  • 11. Cars = neutral Drive to church = Good Drive over a person = Bad
  • 12. Car ≠ neutral • Blacksmiths • Requires roads & laws • Connects/separates
  • 13. It’s just how you use it Actually, it’s that we use it Technology is not neutral
  • 14. Every medium has the capacity to  communicate regardless of its  content.
  • 15. I am awesum at PowerPoint Really and truly awesome
  • 16. Humble yourself before the  Lord and don’t bring  attention to yourself.
  • 17. • Genre – Poetry, Narrative, Apocalypse, etc. • Medium – Talking Donkey – Burning Bush – God in the Flesh
  • 18. • What does __ extend? • What does __ make obsolete? • What does __ retrieve? • What does __ reverse into?
  • 19. 2000 B.C. to A.D. 2000 in 25 minutes
  • 20. Oral Written Printed Digitized Adam‐1500BC 1500BC‐AD1500 AD1500‐AD1980 AD1980‐present
  • 21. Oral The community is the device
  • 22. Written • More consistent • Costly – Communal
  • 23. Written
  • 24. Written man 男 woman 女
  • 25. Written • From 1500B.C. to A.D.1500 – Preaching – Hearing – Memorizing • Images and Icons
  • 26. Print • Exactness • Mass Distribution • Reference/Footnotes • Chapter and Verse  Numbers
  • 27. Print • Extends: communication,  storage • Obsoletes: communal/written  knowledge, church authority  • Retrieves: access to truth • Reverses Into: individualism
  • 28. Print • Authority shifted from the  Church to the individual • Personal Bible study, individual  faith • Faith is logical, not emotional • Think in verses, not books
  • 29. Print Digital • Photograph • Computer/Internet
  • 30. Print Digital The boys are hungry
  • 31. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinajoebrianwillie/851443071/
  • 32. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramdiboy/3299674549/
  • 33. • Fast • Passive • Trivial/Entertaining • Story vs. logic
  • 34. Digital • Information/Scanning • Multi‐tasking • Decontextual Language
  • 35. Digital I worry that the level of interrupt, the sort of  overwhelming rapidity of information — and  especially of stressful information — is in fact  affecting cognition. It is in fact affecting deeper  thinking. I still believe that sitting down and  reading a book is the best way to really learn  something. And I worry that we’re losing that. Google CEO Eric Schmidt
  • 36. Digital • Increased Access • Cheap/Free • Links to other  information
  • 37. Digital • Bible as information • Bible as search – John 3:16  – Romans 5:8 • Tools can reverse into  crutches, stifle learning
  • 38. • Reject “The mediums change, but  the message is the same.” • Read scripture aloud, in community,  without PowerPoint • Reduce information, read and  memorize large chunks
  • 39. • Reduce multi‐tasking • Create alternate experiences of  the Bible • Offer recommendations, not  data dumps • Minimize helps
  • 40. Email:  johndyer@gmail.com Code:  johndyer.name Theo/Tech:  donteatthefruit.com