Friday, October 21, 2011

From the Garden to the City

From the Garden to the City, John Dyer, Kregel Publications, Nonfiction, June 24, 2011, 192 pages.

Synopsis: Believers and unbelievers alike are saturated with technology, yet most give it little if any thought. Consumers buy and upgrade as fast as they can, largely unaware of technology's subtle yet powerful influence. In a world where technology changes almost daily, many are left to wonder: Should Christians embrace all that is happening? Are there some technologies that we need to avoid? Does the Bible give us any guidance on how to use digital tools and social media?

My thoughts: I haven't seen a book like this before, and I learned quite a bit from it. A Christian view of technology is important. It doesn't simply come down to "technology is neutral; it's what the user does with it that makes it good or bad." John Dyer examines the Biblical story for technology and when God introduces it, encourages it, and condemns it. I thought From the Garden to the City was a very well-thought-out discourse. It is organized chronologically with the Bible, always showing examples and parallels with history and present-day technology and inventors. This would be a helpful read for any up-and-coming Christian "techie."

This book was provided free by Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

My rating: 4 stars

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