The Religion of Technology: The Divinity of Man and the Spirit of Invention
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The Religion of Technology: The Divinity of Man and the Spirit of Invention

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Are religion and science really at war with one another? Not according to David F. Noble, who argues that the flourishing of both religion and technology today is nothing new but rather the continuation of a 1,000-year-old Western tradition. The Religion of Technology demonstrates that modern man's enchantment with things technological was inspired by and grounded in relig...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published September 16th 1997)
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John Carter McKnight
An important thesis marred by (1) history-as-list and (2) heavy reliance on a handful of other secondary sources, the ones I'm familiar with being much more interesting and readable. Excessive use of analogizing and definition-switching, along with cherry-picking: in numerous instances historical figures acknowledged as secondary or trivial are quoted at length because they support the author's thesis. Marxism is covered in a single sentence.

Read Nye's _American Technological Sublime_ or Werthie...more
In Part I of The Religion of Technology, David F. Noble traces the development of modern science and technology (S&T) in terms of its religious roots, especially Christian millenarianism: the belief that history will culminate in a glorious thousand-year period of earthly peace and prosperity. This vision has been a powerful motivation to a wide variety of scientists, religious and secular.

Noble’s millenarian story provides a good introduction to the evolution of Christian thought regarding...more
Makes you think about how humans ruin everything when we try to control ourselves without God. Touches on some hidden areas that are not covered very often. I wonder if some of the stuff he says is true, because he definitely had an agenda.
The focus wasn't exactly what I expected-- but the book was well worth the read, provided some surprising information about the religious leanings of many a scientist and organization, and sparked some research interests.
Another book recommended to me that got me started on a David Noble kick. It helps explain why so many engineers are young-earth creationists, among other things.
This book will change the way you look at all history, all religion, and all technology.
Fascinating subject, handled unevenly and rather superficially

I read this right on the heels of reading Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near", which makes for a fascinating juxtaposition. This book will be a good starting point for my own further research into the ideas presented. Basically, David Noble traces a history of the "religion of technology" in the West, from about 900 to the present day. He identifies a shift in Western Christian thinking around the 9th-10th centuries as the beginn...more
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