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Faith Seeking Understanding Forum

TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY

Friday, October 26, 2018
6:00–8:30pm, Trinity sanctuary

Vision

Author and farmer Wendell Berry writes, “It is easy for me to imagine that the next great division of the world will be between people who wish to live as creatures and people who wish to live as machines.” Humans are creatures made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). While technology can certainly be a blessing, our obsession with and addiction to technology diverts our attention from our cultural mandate (to work and to keep, to be culture makers) and our Great Commission from our Lord Jesus (to go and make disciples). We are not machines, nor do we serve them. We are God’s creatures.

As God made humans, so humans create after Him. We must first acknowledge the blessing we have in phones, computers, the internet, and other products of technology. But like all created things, humans easily and quickly turn from their Creator and worship creation (Romans 1:25).

Technology is not an end in itself. It is a tool. Ideally, it’s a tool to better enable us to love God and love others. However, the line between help and harm is not always obvious. How can we cultivate a balance of wonder, wisdom, and work in a world of distraction? How can we, to reference Andy Crouch in The Tech-Wise Family, “create more than we consume”? How do we shift our imaginations to realize that technology is rarely, if ever, neutral, and that we’re constantly being shaped by the form and content technology delivers?

We need community. We need Jesus. For while technology makes it easier to communicate and find information, along with a host of other positives, we also must beware of our increasingly scattered attention, the rewiring of our brains, our passive consumption of the world, our idolatry of the new and the future, our suspicion of the old and the past, how technology is often bought or brought in because of advertising and not because of a need, and how many are captured by a new form of slavery, one where the one who controls the flow of information controls reality.

We are fallen creatures who too quickly shift from awe to boredom. The ten spiritual practices around which we structure life at Trinity are practices that help us diagnose our problems but also, through Jesus and His body the church, offer a way toward healing. Society has a problem with technology, and we need the wisdom of the Bible and church history to find a way forward.

This Faith Seeking Understanding Forum, Technology & Society, will feature keynote speaker Dr. Felicia Wu Song. We will not demonize the digital but carefully question how technology impacts our relationships—consider social media—or our thinking about sexuality.

We are more than machines, more than ghosts in the machine. We are souls and bodies created in God’s image for human good and God’s glory. We were made for far more than passive consumption, for more than the ghostly world of nonreality. With the power of the Spirit, we can separate truth from error in the world and pursue what is true, good, and beautiful in the art and skill technology offers.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

Dr. Felicia Wu Song joined Westmont College in 2013 as associate professor and chair of the sociology and anthropology department. She brings a keen interest in the rapidly evolving digital technology industry and how the adoption of social media and digital devices is fundamentally altering the landscapes of family, community, organizational life, and education. In addition to her book, Virtual Communities: Bowling Alone, Online Together (Peter Lang 2009), she has conducted research on expectant women's online information-seeking habits and the evolution of "mommy bloggers" as social media professionals. Currently, she is working on a book project that addresses contemporary digital practices and their effects on human experiences of relationships, time, and place, with a particular interest in how today's parents negotiate digital practices within their households. When she is not working, she enjoys reading children's chapter books, dabbling in photography, and watching "The Great British Baking Show" and other foodie TV programs with her husband and two children.

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Lecture & Q+A
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