Book: From the Garden to the City – the redeeming and corrupting power of technology

Book: From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology

I’ve been reading (author) John Dyer’s blog Don’t Eat the Fruit for a long while, and like his take on technology. He’s a Christian and works for a bible college in Dallas, and has written this book to explain his understanding of Christianity and technology at length. When the book was first released, it was free on Kindle, and I picked it up for free then, and have been reading it on the iPhone ever since.

The thesis of the book is that technology has a long history, and that every time a new technology is introduced that it shapes the way that people communicate. He advocates a reflective approach to technology – that as our approach to life is mediated by a different technology, that we think about what aspects of life the technology will impact.

It’s a thoughtful book, and worth reading if you’re looking for a framework to understand the changes that new technology introduces.

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