Academic journal article Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

In This Issue

Academic journal article Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

In This Issue

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In this special theme issue devoted to "Responsible Technology and Issues of Faith," seven authors address a diversity of topics which provide Christian assessments of, and approaches to, technology and its practices. Similar concerns about contemporary engineering practices are also found in recent secular engineering magazines. For example, articles in the March and September (2011) issues of Mechanical Engineering, the magazine of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, have advocated a more humanitarian approach to design and have promoted the design of technologies with an eye to the rest of the globe. Many engineering schools are urging their students to consider Engineers without Borders, and engineering departments at Christian colleges have long promoted service learning.

The seven articles in PSCF can be broken down into three groups:

1. Two articles written by philosophers of technology: Albert Borgmann (University of Montana) explores the character of contemplation in a techno logical era by examining what we can glean from the wisdom of Thomas Merton. Marc J. de Vries (Delft University of Technology) details the presence of utopian thinking in contemporary technology and contrasts this with the need for responsible technology in an imperfect world.

2. Two articles written by Calvin College engineers: Steven H. …

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