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We can affirm technology as God’s gift for the advance of humanity, for the amelioration of poverty and hardship, and ultimately for the glory of God, including the promotion of the Gospel and the teaching of Christian principles. Modern technology exists partly because of the biblical understanding of a Creator God whose laws are discernible. So our attitude should include gratitude, but also of course wariness.
Fallen humanity can and will abuse all of God’s gifts, and technology can be especially pernicious. Churchill’s warned of the “perverted science” of Nazi abuse, and our own capacities over 75 years later are exponentially greater. Yet we cannot be fearful or run from responsibility. We must address, manage, critique and steer technological advance towards positive directions when possible. As Christians and realists, we must also prepare for the almost inevitable crimes and disasters that will and do occur from the misuse or abuse of technology.
Christians - Christians - America - Default - Pessimism
Christians especially conservative Christians at least in America default to pessimism and apocalypticism. The world ostensibly is always degenerating even if we in our time are blessed with countless material improvements and opportunities for expanding God’s Kingdom. We are rightly suspicious of the modern concept of progress but we should at the same time not neglect an idea of providential progress.
We believe in a God who is actively redeeming the world and who is prevailing against all forces of darkness and despair. So we are always hopeful, and optimism is justified if rooted in Divine Sovereignty. Humanity has always been afraid of technological progress, prone as we are to retain old familiar ways. But we always have to be ready to abandon our blacksmith shops, spinning wheels and butter churners in favor of ongoing improvements that liberate us from avoidable drudgery. I can recall the countless hours as a...
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