Tubal-Cain’s Forge

Technology has the power to shape our lives, though often in ways we do not expect.  We may seek to control things which do not belong to us.  We may exalt technology as a mysterious and mystifying power over our lives.  We may even look to technology as security for an uncertain tomorrow.  But one thing is clear:  the same forge which brings forth the plow shapes the sword.  Technology is both a blessing and a curse.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 74

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  1. Ben says:

    This episode on technology has made a huge impact on me … can you please suggest some other resources on this topic.

      • Ben says:

        Readings on technology and idolatry… just interested in how technology can lead to idolatry… thanks

        • Rev. Zelwyn Heide says:

          I think the best way is to first understand the power that technology can inadvertently have over our thought. Most of the work on this subject is from secular authors. Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves to Death” is one of the classic studies. The example I gave in the episode about the clock comes from Lewis Mumford’s “Technics.” I can give you others as well.

          Once you see how technology deeply affects our thoughts, then it’s an easier step to understanding how it can become idolatrous. Martin Luther’s definition of idolatry as whatever we put our trust in from the Large Catechism is helpful here.

          Feel free to ask more questions, too!

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