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Course 501: Theology of Technology

$800.00
SKU: CVC 433/501

Professor: John Edmiston
Eight Week Accredited Master's Course.  

Did you know that Jesus was the first "techie"?  The work used to describe Jesus' trade was tektōn, which could mean artisan, craftsman, carpenter, wood-worker or builder. In other words, Jesus used the technologies of his time to build things. This course will help students take a biblical approach to understanding technology. Some of the questions that might be considered in this class are:

  1. Is technology inherrently good, evil or neutral?
  2. As a professional in a tech field, am I responsible for how the technology I build might affect the world?

This course will introduce students to the biblical and theological basis for a Christian theology of  technology and to the concepts essential to the reflective life and practice of the Christian technologist. The course will help students to:

  1. Apply a biblical and theological view of technology to ministry situations.
  2. Clearly evaluate, articulate and address the ethical dilemmas involved in the use of technology. 
  3. Understand and articulate their unique identities as technologists and the unique role played by technologists in the Body of Christ
  4. Demonstrate a grasp of the biblical history of technology and how it shapes both human consciousness and social and cultural practices including both true and false worship, idolatry and true spiritual imagination.
  5. Communicate a clear vision for the use of technology in areas such as the development of Christian character, spiritual values and service to the urban poor.

Required Books

Title Cost
Dyer, John. From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology, Kregel Publications, 2011 $11.74
Challies, Tim. The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion. (Kindle Edition) $9.78
Books Total $21.52
Course Tuition $900
Total Cost of Course, including Books (at Full Price) $921.52

Recommended Texts and Videos

  • Dawson, Lorne L. (ed.) Cowan, Douglas E. (ed) 2004. Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet. New York, Routledge
  • Miller, M. Rex. 2004 The Millennium Matrix, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass (A Wiley Imprint)
  • Suler, John. The Psychology of Cyberspace. PhD Department of Psychology, Science and Technology Center, Rider University. Download from: http://www.internetevangelismday.com/free-christian-ebook-downloads.php
  • Rojcewicz, Richard. The Gods and Technology: A Reading of Heidegger (Suny Series in Theology and Continental Thought).
  • Zukowski, Angela Ann; Babin Pierre. 2002 . The Gospel in Cyberspace: Nurturing Faith in the Internet Age . Chicago: Loyola Press
  • de Chardin, Pierre Teilhard. The Divine Milieu. Perennial Classics: 2001.
  • de Chardin, Pierre Teilhard. The Future of Man.
  • Pattison, George. Thinking About God in an Age of Technology.
  • Cole-Turner, Ronald. Transhumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement [Kindle Edition] (Author, Editor)
  • Dickerson, Matthew. Mind and the Machine - What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters. Brazos Press, (available free on Kindle)
  • Vinge, Verner. “On The Singularity” (speaking to Google staff) Video - 1hr 10 mins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzRuPGnJxCs
  • Carr, Nicolas. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (NewYork: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010). 276 pp.
  • Shirky, Clay. Cognitive Surplus (New York: Penguin Press, 2010). 242 pp.
  • Banks, Robert and Stevens, Paul The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity. 1997

Course Outline

  • Weeks 1-2: THEME: CREATION & PURPOSE OF TECHNOLOGY, BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
    • Read, Listen/View
    • Forum #1a - Technology & Morality.
    • Forum #1b - Biblical Examples.
    • Commence planning and outlining for two minor projects and major project
  • Weeks 3-4: THEME: THE FALL & PROBLEMS WITH TECHNOLOGY
    • Read, Listen/View
    • Forum #2a Technology & Idolatry.
    • Forum #2b Transhumanism.
    • Minor Project #1. – Christian Technological Ethics.
  • Weeks 5-6: THEME: THE REDEMPTION OF TECHNOLOGY
    • Read, Listen/View
    • Forum #3a Technology for Christian Love.
    • Forum #3b Technology to Serve the Needy.
    • Minor Project #2 Ideal Christian Technologist.
  • Weeks 7-8: THE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
    • Read, Listen/View
    • Forum #4a Digital Strategy Analysis.
    • Forum #4b Technology’s Future.
    • Major Project #1. Applied Theology of Technology.

Total estimated hours based upon 17 hours per week for 8 weeks.

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