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God, Technology and the Christian Life
Reinke, Tony

God, Technology and the Christian Life

ISBN: 9781433578274
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Book Description:

What Does God Think about Technology?

From smartphones to self-driving cars to space travel, new technologies can inspire us. But the breakneck pace of change can also frighten us. So how do Christians walk by faith through the innovations of Silicon Valley? And how does God relate to our most powerful innovators?

To build a biblical theology of technology, journalist and tech optimist Tony Reinke examines nine key texts from Scripture to show how the world's discoveries are divinely orchestrated. Ultimately, what we believe about God determines how we respond to human invention. With the help of several theologians and inventors throughout history, Reinke dispels twelve common myths in the church and offers fourteen ethical convictions to help Christians live by faith in the age of big tech.

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Tony Reinke is a journalist and serves as senior teacher and host of the Ask Pastor John podcast for He is the author of Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books; Competing Spectacles; and 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You.


"From John Calvin to Wendell Berry and Elon Musk. From world-changing fertilizer to medical innovations and space travel. From the Tower of Babel to the new Jerusalem. From technology as savior to the sovereignty of God. From the boasts of Silicon Valley to the blood of Jesus. Tony Reinke's book God, Technology, and the Christian Life is panoramic and penetrating. I doubt there has ever been a more sweeping treatment of technology so firmly tethered to Scripture-and therefore so realistic and hopeful. Writing as a 'tech optimist' who trusts in God's providential orchestration over all things, Reinke offers us an expansive and compelling 'biblical theology of technology.' God's glory is the end of creation and the aim of all innovations. Apart from Christ there is no art, no science, no technology, no agriculture, no microprocessor, and no medical innovation. If God is the center of our life, technology is a great gift. If technology is our savior, we are lost. This is a mind-expanding, heart-stabilizing, God-glorifying, joy-sustaining book."
--John Piper, Founder and Teacher,; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary; author, Desiring God

"Tony Reinke has written a must-read for any Christian seeking to understand God's view of technology. God, Technology, and the Christian Life masterfully fuses together scriptural commentary, historical wisdom, and practical application to give a rich, Christian worldview of technology. A more positive view of human innovation and innovators is a breath of fresh air in a cultural moment when technology is viewed more as a harm than a help to many Christians. I will be recommending this to our FaithTech community worldwide."
--James Kelly, Founder and CEO, FaithTech

"Reinke not only addresses a wide range of issues in technology and culture; he also brings fresh insights into often overlooked passages of Scripture. He offers an approach to technology that is ethical without being moralistic, careful without being restrictive, and positive without being naive."
--John Dyer, Dean and Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary; author, From the Garden to the City: The Place of Technology in the Story of God "

As both a pastor and an engineer, I continually find the need to interpret the marvels of the twenty-first century in light of Scripture. To that end, this book has been a great blessing. Tony Reinke has crafted an enlightening, balanced, and thoroughly engaging biblical theology of technology. This work is profoundly practical. All Christians should consider it, whether they live inside a major tech center or not."
--Conley Owens, Pastor, Silicon Valley Reformed Baptist Church; Senior Engineer, Google

"Tony has given us a rich suite of resources for the believer who wishes to make sense of technology's increased role in society and in our individual lives. This is not a fear-based, hasty string of reactionary warnings, but a careful look at the complex, intimate, and unavoidable relationship between technology and theology. We are ably guided through a detailed, God-centered tour of the history of technology, from Babel to Bumble, using theologians, inventors, and philosophers. Take advantage of this excellent work."
--Jared Oliphint, Philosophy Department, Texas A&M University

Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 316
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: 2022