Religion and Technology: A Study in the Philosophy of Culture

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degenerate into something repressive and dehumanizing; instead, a healthy pluralism in society would allow for the cooperation of earnest, intelligent, benevolent individuals committed to a wide range of world views, secular as well as religious. I can endorse this position even though I am mindful of how inconsistent it is with the traditional attitude of religionists that their own faith is the best faith and something that they should promote. We have reached a stage in the development of world religions and cultures when authentically religious individuals, committed to spiritual values, are more or less obliged to recognize that authentic faith brings with it the ability to respect what is noble in faiths very different from their own. Has the development of this understanding of the value of religious and cultural pluralism only been possible despite the processes of dehumanization at work in the "technological society"? Has it perhaps been possible in some measure because sophisticated communications technologies have allowed us to know our "neighbors" well enough to try to "love" them?


NOTES
1.
James K. Feibleman, Technology and Reality ( The Hague, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff, 1982), 181-84.
5.
See, for example, A. Sommerfelt, "Speech and Language", in Charles Singer , E. J. Holmyard and A. R. Hall, eds., A History of Technology, vol. 1: From Early Times to the Fall of Ancient Empires ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1954), ch. 4.
7.
R. J. Forbes, "Mesopotamian and Egyptian Technology", in Melvin Kranzberg and Carroll W. Pursell Jr., eds., Technology in Western Civilization, vol. 1: The Emergence of Modern Industrial Society: Earliest Times to 1900 ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1967), 45.
9.
Ibid.
11.
Ibid.
13.
Jacques Ellul, The Meaning of the City, trans. Dennis Pardee ( Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans, 1970), esp. 1-146, 171.
14.
Gordon Childe, "Early Forms of Society", in Charles Singer, E. J. Holmyard and A. R. Hall, eds., A History of Technology, vol. 1: From Early Times to the Fall of Ancient Empires ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1954), 44-49.
15.
Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society ( 1954), trans. John Wilkinson ( New York: Knopf, 1964), 23.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1- Religion and Antitechnology 1
  • Notes 31
  • 2- Technology and Techne 39
  • 3- Technology and Progress 73
  • Notes 105
  • 4- Technology as a Religious Endeavor 109
  • Notes 138
  • 5- Religion, Technology, and Culture 143
  • Notes 170
  • Bibliography 175
  • Index 187
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