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The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society: How Christianity Can Save Modernity from Itself
The advance of modern technology is certainly ambiguous. It has promised less work and more leisure, but we actually work longer hours than premodern peasants and villagers. Present-day Western societies are facing a moral crisis, argues Murray Jardine, and our inability to make ethical sense of technology is at the root of this crisis. Jardine shows how Christianity foste ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Brazos Press
(first published 2004)
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Jardine writes in a very lucid, scholastic style, alternating striking claims (e.g. "The modern nation-state fails to achieve universality in that it is still generally based on ethnicity, which is essentially a remnant of the bloodline basis of pagan societies") with examples that prove the claims. It is easy reading, in that you don't have to work hard to figure out what he is saying, but it is not fast reading, because every page has an idea that you will want to stop and process for yoursel ...more
I'm ambivalent about this book. I appreciate Jardine's trenchant writing and thought-provoking analysis that traces how we've arrived at the nihilistic freedom of the 21st century. Like many books however, he seems long on analysis and short on solutions. His basic plea is for the formation speech-based places where auditory rather than visual communication takes place, face to face rather than virtual. He pleads for local communities, shorter work-weeks and intergenerational care that lends dig ...more