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Technology in the Kingdom, Society, and Your Life

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In order to deal with our fast-paced, constantly changing world, we need to step back and look at how technology operates both in the Biblical story as well in society. With a basic framework in place, we can find some ways to keep up with technology, but keep it from taking over our lives.

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Technology in the Kingdom, Society, and Your Life

  1. 1. Technology in the Kingdom, Society, and Your Life<br />John Charles Dickey Dyer<br />
  2. 2. You Might Be Addicted to Your Phone If…<br />
  3. 3. Hi, I’m John Dyer<br />
  4. 4. What I Do<br />
  5. 5. What I Make<br />
  6. 6. Interruptions every 3 minutes<br />Creativity takes at least 8 minutes<br />
  7. 7. 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.<br />Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google<br />
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  10. 10. Yikes!<br />Technological Pace<br />??<br />1850<br />1650<br />2000<br />1950<br />
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  12. 12. excited, but confused<br />
  13. 13. Technology in The Biblical Story<br />
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  16. 16. Cain built a city… his son Jubal was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe … he was the forger of all tools of bronze and iron (Gen 4:17-22)<br />
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  19. 19. Technology in the Biblical Narrative<br />Positive<br />Negative<br />Reflection<br />How does this technology display the imago deiand fulfill the cultivation mandate?<br />Rebellion<br />How does this technology attempt to live apart from dependence on God?<br />Restoration<br />What unintended consequences or shortcomings does this technology bring (until Christ returns)?<br />Redemption<br />What effects of the Fall can this technology help overcome? Can it help build the kingdom?<br />
  20. 20. What happens when we start using a new technology?<br />
  21. 21. Categories for Technology<br />Good uses<br />Bad uses<br />Tools = Neutral<br />“It’s just how you use it”<br />
  22. 22. Money: Good, Bad, or Neutral?<br />Good: the Church, family<br />Bad: materialism, hoarding<br /><ul><li>Lots of money
  23. 23. Little money
  24. 24. Lots of choices</li></li></ul><li>Cars: Good or Bad?<br />Good: going to church<br />Bad: run over murder<br />Other Effects<br /><ul><li>Interstate highways
  25. 25. Gas stations
  26. 26. Kills more people per month than 9/11
  27. 27. Mega churches</li></li></ul><li>iPhone: Good or Bad?<br />Good: call your child, spouse<br />Bad: sexting, bomb threats<br />Other Effects<br /><ul><li>Constantly accessible (work & relationships)
  28. 28. Know fewer numbers (mind is transformed)</li></li></ul><li>We shape technology, and technology shapes us.<br />
  29. 29. Embedded in technology is tiny story.<br />
  30. 30. Technology always presents trade-offs.<br />
  31. 31. Technology is ecological, not additive.<br />
  32. 32. Technology tends to disappear.<br />
  33. 33. Technology values ends, not processes.<br />
  34. 34. Family<br />Work<br />Leisure<br />Technology moves the boundaries.<br />
  35. 35. Family<br />Work<br />Leisure<br />Technology moves the boundaries.<br />
  36. 36. Entertainment<br />Work<br />Relationships<br />Technology moves the boundaries.<br />
  37. 37. How Then Shall We Live?<br />
  38. 38. Believe the commercials.<br />
  39. 39. Necessity is often not the mother of invention. In many cases, it surely has been just the opposite. <br />- David Nye<br />Question the commercials.<br />
  40. 40. Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete. <br />2 John 1:12<br />Start with your values…<br />
  41. 41. … then question the values of technology.<br />
  42. 42. What kind of person do I want to be?<br />
  43. 43. Have a plan.<br />
  44. 44. Adopt technology in community.<br />
  45. 45. Create space with boundaries.<br />
  46. 46. Embrace limits.<br />
  47. 47. Heighten meaning with old things.<br />
  48. 48. Experiment.<br />
  49. 49. Thanks!<br />Email: johndyer@gmail.com<br />Twitter: twitter.com/johndyer<br />Code: johndyer.name<br />Theo/Tech: donteatthefruit.com<br />

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