Josh McDowell vs. Kevin Kelly | Jesus Creed points to these two opinions about the internet and its potential for harm or health respectively.
- In the negative corner: Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians, Christian News
- While in the optimistic corner, Kevin Kelly: Geek Theologian | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction
I read Kelly’s blog The Technium from time to time. An interesting mixture of futurism, spirituality, and commentary on technology through an optimistic lens. In a course I teach I get students to read the following and respond in class to it: Kelly, Kevin. “Nerd Theology.” Technology in Society 21, no. 4 (1999): 387-392.
There’s also an interview in “Science and the Spiritual Quest: New Essays by Leading Scientists” (Phillip Clayton, Mark Richardson, Robert J. Russell, Kirk Wegter-McNelly), followed by a similar essay.
Kelly’s ideas on technology as a third-culture are also a good discussion starter. See: Kelly, Kevin. “The Third Culture.” Science 279 (1998): 992-993.
And related to digital life, Paul has some recent thoughts over at:
- fishers, surfers and casters » Coming of age in the digital era
- fishers, surfers and casters » Sherry Turkle has Carr syndrome
And I’ve been concerned with other things over the past year or so, but here’s a couple of transhuman/posthuman links to note: