How (Not) to Date Like Jesus

Contrary to the claims of dozens of books found in Christian bookstores, or perhaps evidenced by those myriad books, the Bible does not include an instruction manual for dating like Jesus. One cannot imitate a celibate man if one wants to take steps in a road different from that of celibacy. Even the married exemplars […]

“Her” & Artificial Immortality

  Her is available on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, May 13. View the trailer: Perhaps the most absurd scene in the movie “Her” is when Theodore and Samantha have what we’ll call, for lack of a better metaphor, “phone sex.”  This scene is actually the second of its kind in the film. The first, though, earns […]

Robots, Jobs, and the Future

Twenty years ago last week, the internet came to NPR offices. Twenty years from today, it’s possible that radio operators could all be put out of their jobs by robots. So before you take some time to read about the bleakness or brightness of the future–depending on who you ask–we’ll lighten the mood with a […]

Web 2.0

  As the rain fades headlights trace an electronic image of neon lights on the road side slick from the drops which also litter the silky trap where the spider shudders and shimmies another day another dollar working for the man at the office more bread winning where the loaf has beady eyes and wings […]

Perspectives on Privacy and Human Flourishing

I’ve not been able to track down the source, but somewhere Marshall McLuhan wrote, “Publication is a self-invasion of privacy. The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.” The unfolding NSA scandal has brought privacy front and center. A great deal is being written right now about the ideal […]

Social Engineering, Mobile Lovers, and Technologizing the Fertility Awareness Method

Happy Easter! Here’s a list of some of what we found interesting this week. If you missed it last week, check out the final entry in our Lenten blog series on technology and spirituality: Trappists, Technology, and the Dictatorship of Relativism. Banksy’s latest confirmed painting skewers modern cellphone addiction – Washington Post “Banksy’s latest confirmed […]

God’s Grandeur in the Media Environment

Part six in our Lenten series on technology and spirituality. At the beginning of Lent, we examined how time-saving technology often has the tendency to help us do more work in less time and then fill up our extra time with new kinds of work. I think we intuitively realize this and commit ourselves to media […]

What do you think of my prayer?

Part five in our Lenten series on technology and spirituality. “Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world.  The Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ,” wrote Pope Francis in his first message for World […]

Paranoid Narcissism, Anxiety, and Embodiment in a Digital Culture

There are so many different sources of anxiety. I’m anxious about you reading this post and you’re probably anxious about wasting time reading this post. This week, Mark Zuckerberg got so anxious that he called President Obama to chat about some NSA activity he didn’t particularly like. This week, Dostoevsky has some advice for us […]

Through the Looking Glass of an iPhone

The call of Pope Francis to take the Gospel to the streets also includes the digital ones. The first message of Pope Francis for World Communications Day is consistent with the Holy Father’s concern for reaching individuals where they are. Today that often means the virtual confines of the digital environment. The Holy Father’s message […]

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