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Digital Liturgies: Rediscovering Christian Wisdom in an Online Age
James, Samuel D.

Digital Liturgies: Rediscovering Christian Wisdom in an Online Age

ISBN: 9781433587139
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Book Description:

How the Habitat of Internet Technology Undermines Christian Wisdom

With advancements in internet technology, people can get instant answers to just about any of their questions, connect long distance with family and friends, and stay informed with events around the world in real time.

In Digital Liturgies, tech-realist Samuel D. James examines the connection between patterns in technology and human desires. Everyone longs for a glimpse of heaven; James argues they are just looking for it in the wrong place-the internet.

This accessible book exposes 5 "digital liturgies" that prohibit people from contemplating big truths, accepting the uncomfortable, and acknowledging God as their Creator. It then calls readers to live faithfully before Christ, finding wisdom through Scripture and rest in God's perfect design.

  • A Biblical View of the Internet and Technology: Readers explore the connection between human desire, the internet, and wisdom through a Christian lens
  • Great for College Students, Parents, and Pastors: This book encourages readers to live faithfully for Christ
  • Offers a Tech-Realist Perspective: Samuel D. James highlights the inherent dangers of digital technologies, offering wisdom for navigating our internet-saturated world

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Table of Contents
Introduction: What the Web Means for Our Spiritual Lives
Part 1: Truth and Technology
   Chapter 1: Embodied Wisdom in a Faceless Age
   Chapter 2: How Technology Shapes Us
   Chapter 3: Drowning in the Shallows
Part 2: Engaging the Digital Liturgies
   Chapter 4: "My Story, My Truth": Digital Liturgy #1: Authenticity
   Chapter 5: The Abolition of Thought: Digital Liturgy #2: Outrage
   Chapter 6: Shame on You: Digital Liturgy #3: Shame
   Chapter 7: Naked in the Dark: Digital Liturgy #4: Consumption
   Chapter 8: Death by Minutiae: Digital Liturgy #5: Meaninglessness
Conclusion: Habits of Wisdom and Resistance 


Samuel James is the associate acquisitions editor at Crossway. He is the author of Digital Liturgies, a regular newsletter on Christianity, technology, and culture. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Emily, and their three children.


"Dr. Poythress's book walks the reader through a gallery of God's manifold glory. This volume invites the reader to stop and consider all of the different portraits of God's personal presence in the whole canon of Scripture. Those who look in faith will be rewarded and encouraged in their walk with Christ." David Wenkel, Adjunct Faculty, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; author, Shining Like the Sun: A Biblical Theology of Meeting God Face to Face "This work is broader than any I have seen in its coverage of the biblical theology of theophany. I appreciate the many explanations of how each Old Testament aspect of theophany is fulfilled in Christ. The many chapters provide a spiritually uplifting study that is well organized and carefully written in terms any layman can understand, but also stimulating for advanced students." James A. Borland, Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Theology, Liberty University "Poythress is a master at pulling together various strands of Scripture and showing their coherence. This book on the multifaceted aspects of God's presence is no exception. Theophany fills a real void in evangelical theology-informative for the scholar but accessible to the layman. Students often ask me about the various senses of God's presence discussed in Scripture, and I typically give a vague answer. But now, after reading Poythress, my answers will be much more informed; and I have a first-class resource to share with my students." Robert J. Cara, Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Cracking the Foundation of the New Perspective on Paul; contributor, A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament

Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 190
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: 2023