Technology Is Not Neutral: How Bible Technology Shapes Our Faith

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Technology Is Not Neutral: How Bible Technology Shapes Our Faith

  1. 1. How Bible Technology Shapes Our Faith
  2. 2. Before you skewer me :)
  3. 3. Director of Web Development at Dallas Seminary
  4. 4. http://bible.johndyer.name/
  5. 5. • Technology and Society • Mediums and Messages • Bible and Technology
  6. 6. Good Bad Neutral “It’s just how you use it”
  7. 7. Phone = neutral Call your friend = Good Call in bomb threat = Bad
  8. 8. How many phone numbers do you know by memory?
  9. 9. Phone = morally neutral Phone ≠ effectively neutral
  10. 10. • Know fewer numbers – Effect on the mind • Constantly accessible – Effects on relationships
  11. 11. Cars = neutral Drive to church = Good Drive over a person = Bad
  12. 12. Car ≠ neutral • Blacksmiths • Requires roads & laws • Connects/separates
  13. 13. It’s just how you use it Actually, it’s that we use it Technology is not neutral
  14. 14. Every medium has the capacity to communicate regardless of its content.
  15. 15. I am awesum at PowerPoint
  16. 16. Humble yourself before the Lord and don’t bring attention to yourself.
  17. 17. • Genre – Poetry, Narrative, Apocalypse, etc. • Medium – Talking Donkey – Burning Bush – God in the Flesh
  18. 18. • What does __ extend? • What does __ make obsolete? • What does __ retrieve? • What does __ reverse into?
  19. 19. 2000 B.C. to A.D. 2000 in 25 minutes
  20. 20. Oral Written Printed Digitized Adam-1500BC 1500BC-AD1500 AD1500-AD1980 AD1980-present
  21. 21. Oral The community is the device
  22. 22. Written • More consistent • Costly – Communal
  23. 23. Written
  24. 24. Written man 男 woman 女
  25. 25. Written • From 1500B.C. to A.D.1500 – Preaching – Hearing – Memorizing • Images and Icons
  26. 26. Print • Exactness • Mass Distribution • Reference/Footnotes • Chapter and Verse Numbers
  27. 27. Print • Extends: communication, storage • Obsoletes: communal/written knowledge, church authority • Retrieves: access to truth • Reverses Into: individualism
  28. 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. 29. Print Digital • Photograph • Computer/Internet
  30. 30. Print Digital The boys are hungry
  31. 31. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinajoebrianwillie/851443071/
  32. 32. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramdiboy/3299674549/
  33. 33. • Fast • Passive • Trivial/Entertaining • Story vs. logic
  34. 34. Digital • Information/Scanning • Multi-tasking • Decontextual Language
  35. 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. 36. Digital • Increased Access • Cheap/Free • Links to other information
  37. 37. Digital • Bible as information • Bible as search – John 3:16 – Romans 5:8 • Tools can reverse into crutches, stifle learning
  38. 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. 39. • Reduce multi-tasking • Create alternate experiences of the Bible • Offer recommendations, not data dumps • Minimize helps
  40. 40. Email: johndyer@gmail.com Code: johndyer.name Theo/Tech: donteatthefruit.com

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