By J. Sage Elwell
From the web to the iPhone, electronic expertise is not any mere cultural artifact. It impacts how we event and comprehend our international and ourselves on the inner most levels-it is a basic situation of dwelling. The digitization of recent existence constitutes a necessary box of spiritual trouble since it affects our person and cultural sensibilities so profoundly. regardless of this, it has but to be thematized because the topic of spiritual or theological mirrored image. The hindrance of Transcendence treatments this via asking a unmarried major query: How is electronic expertise impacting the ethical and non secular intensity of tradition?
How can whatever as ineffable and nebulous because the intensity of tradition be recognized and articulated, not to mention critiqued? writer J. Sage Elwell means that a solution lies within the arts. the humanities have traditionally acted as a barometer of the intensity of tradition, reflecting the religious impulses and tendencies on the middle of society. He argues that if the humanities topic in any respect, they'll remove darkness from greater than themselves. via an experimental interpretation of electronic paintings, Elwell bargains a serious mirrored image on how electronic know-how is altering us and the area we are living in at a degree of spiritual importance. applying a theological aesthetic of electronic artwork, this booklet exhibits how the appearance of electronic expertise as a progressive cultural medium is remodeling the methods we expect approximately God, the soul, and morality
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