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Next Story Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion

ISBN-10: 0310329035
ISBN-13: 9780310329039
Edition: 2011
Authors: Tim Challies
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Zondervan Books
Publication date: 4/18/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this 'instant message' culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls. In a manner that's accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:* How has life---and faith---changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?* How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities? * What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet ... with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.

KEVIN DEYOUNG (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell TheologicalSeminary) is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in EastLansing, Michigan. He is the author of several popular books,including Just Do Something and Why We Love theChurch . DeYoung leads a renewal group in the Reformed Churchin America called RCA Integrity.

Preface
Introduction :: The Digital Explosion
Discerning Technology
The Mandate of Technology
The Morality of Technology
The Heart and Technology
Understanding Technology
Technology Involves Both Risk and Opportunity
The Medium Is the Message
Technology Is Ecological
Technology Shifts Power
Technology Is Biological
A Digital History
Digital Prehistory
The Information Age
The Rise of the Image
The Dawn of the Digital
The Conquest of the Digital
Aside: Talk to Your Tech
Speaking, Truthing, Loving, Living (Communication)
The Growth of Communication
The Challenges of Communication
Speaking, Truthing, Loving
To Whom Much Is Given
Application:: Christian Communication
Questions for Reflection
Life in the Real World (Mediation/Identity)
What Is Media?
Face-to-Face
Digital Disincarnation
Real Space and Cyberspace
A Lesson from a Brother
Application:: Mediated Relationships
Questions for Reflection
Turn Off and Tune In (Distraction)
The Danger of Distraction
Identifying Our Distraction
Shallow Thinking
Thinking Deeply
Heart, Soul, Mind, Strength
Application :: An Undistracted Life
Questions for Reflection
Aside :: Your Family and Media
More Is Better (Information)
Information Is Not Enough
Glut
Knowledge versus Access
Memory
Outside the Torrent
Application :: Growing in Wisdom
Questions for Reflection
Here Comes Everybody (Truth/Authority)
Truth, Consensus, Relevance
Authority
Truth in an Old Way
Application :: Truth and Authority
Questions for Reflection
Seeing and Being Seen (Visibility and Privacy)
The Numerati
In the Public Eye
Digital Detritus
Seeing and Being Seen
Application :: Integrity and Security
Questions for Reflection
Epilogue:: The Next Story and the Story after That
Acknowledgments
Notes

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