About Laura Truax

Senior Pastor, LaSalle Street Church sanctuary: 1136 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL office: 1111 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60640 www.lasallestreetchurch.org

Thinking Theologically about Technology

Resources for Wired for Life

It sounds funny to suggest that you should read more about technology. One of the oldest skills being paired with the newest interfaces. But there is a ton of great stuff out there. And many of them found their way into LaSalle’s recent Wired for Life sermon series. 

Here’s some of the best:

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Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants

A helpful overview on the power of technology. Kelly is a thoughtful integrated Christian thinker and a good guide for helping navigate the balance of personal boundaries and boundless opportunity.  He sees technology as a living system that has a life and ethos of its own. Keeping it in check is our responsibility.


 

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Shirley Turkle, Alone Together: Why we expect more from techonology and less from each other

Turkle, a professor at MIT, examines the habits of young adults especially in this work that is full of interviews along with scholarly analysis. Alone Together already seems a little dated in places, but it offers good insights into what we are have already lost in our interpersonal relationships and (potentially) what we might gain. She has an earlier book, Reclaiming Conversation, that is outstanding. This book builds on that research.


 

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Craig Detweiler, Selfies: Searching for the Image of God in a digital age

You may have heard Craig preach during our sermon series. If you missed it, then here is your opening to his work. Detweiler thinks a lot about identity creation in our “everything is public” age.


 

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Nicolas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains

I had this book on my list and just never got to it. But Carr, a regular contributor to The Atlantic, is a marvelous writer and the reviews I read were outstanding. This is the book I’ll read this summer and report on later.

Side note from Lucas: I read The Shallows a couple years ago and still think about the ideas Carr presents every time I google some piece of trivia. You’ll be challenged to consider the broad consequences of living in a world where almost limitless information is at your fingertips while true understanding seems even more difficult to grasp.

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