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Sunday, 13 July 2008

Bibliography for a Christian approach to technology


Ian Barbour Ethics in an Age of Technology (The Gifford lectures 1990-91) (London: SCM, 1992)
Examines the ethical challenges that technology confronts us with.

Andrew Basden Philosophical Frameworks for Understanding Information Systems (IGI Publishing, 2008)
Develops a Dooyeweerdian approach to information systems - essential reading!

Allen Emerson and Cheryl Forbes The Invasion of the Computer Culture (Leicester: IVP, 1990)
An examination of some of the key questions the computer culture has forced upon us. They also offer practical ways that computers can be used without being seduced by the bad. This should be required reading for all Christians who use computers!

Jacques Ellul Technological Society (London: Jonathon Cape, 1965)
A pessimistic view of technology. Sees technology as a product of the fall. An important work nonetheless.

Allan Jiggins Human Future: Living as Christians in a High-Tech World (London: Scripture Union, 1988)
A useful introductory book.

David Lyon The Silicon society (Tring: Lion, 1986)
An insightful Christian critique of the computer culture.

Albert Borgmann Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology. (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2003)

Church of England BSR Cybernauts Awake

Monsma, Stephen V (ed).
Responsible Technology: A Christian Perspective. Eerdmans, 1986.

An indispensable book. If you only read one book on technology it should be this one!

Mitcham, Carl and Jim Grote, eds. Theology and Technology: Essays in Christian Analysis and Exegesis (New York: University Press of America, 1984)

Parker Rossman and Richard Kirby Christians and the World of Computers: Professional and Social Excellence in the Computer World (London: SCM, 1990)
A study book; each chapter comes with suggestions for study and reading.

David Pullinger Information Technology and Cyberspace: Extra-connected living. (London, Darton, Longman & Todd, 2001)

Carl Mitcham and Jim Groote (eds) Theology and Technology: Essays in Christian Analysis and Exegesis (Lanham: University Press of America, 1984)
Has an extensive annotated bibliography, as well as containing useful articles by Ellul and Schurmann among others.

Hendrick van Riessen The Society of the Future (Presbyterian and Reformed, no date)

Egbert Schuurman

  • (1977, 1983) Reflections on the Technological Society. Toronto: Wedge Pub.
  • (1980) Technology and the Future -- A Philosophical Challenge. Toronto: Wedge Pub
Not an easy read but well worth persevering with. Presents a Christian critique of Junger, Heidegger, Ellul, Meyer, Weiner, Steinbuch and Klaus.(1987) Christians in Babel. Jordan Station: Paideia Press.

  • (1990) The Future: Our Choice or Gods Gift? Exile Publications, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • (1994, 1995) Perspectives on Technology and Culture. IRS Press, South Africa/ Dordt Press, USA.
  • (1995) The Technological Culture between the Times -A Christian Philosophical Assessment of Contemporary Society. Dordt Press.
  • (2000) Faith and Hope in Technology. Toronto, Canada, 2003.
  • (2005) The Technological World Picture and an Ethics of Responsibility: Struggles in the Ethics of Technology. Dordt College Press.

Schuurman writes from a reformational perspective; his books are essential reading for all those who want to see what a Christian approach looks like.

Schultze, Quentin. Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

Chapters in books

Egbert Schuurman:
  • (1984) A Christian Philosophical Perspective on Technology. In C. Mitcham and J. Grote (eds), Theology and Technology, New York: University Press of America, pp. 107- 123.

  • (1987) The Modern Babylonian Culture. In P. Durbin (ed.) Technology and Responsibility. Dordrecht: Reidel, pp. 229-243

  • (1992) Crisis in Agriculture: Philosophical Perspective on the relation between Agriculture and Nature. In F. Ferr (ed.) Research in Philosophy and Technology -- Technology and the Environment London: Jai Press, pp. 191-213;


Macht's Philosophy of technology website

A list of online technology articles

Society, Religion and Technology Project (Church of Scotland)

Faith, Science and Technology (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)

Science and Christian Faith: Technoculture and the Future (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)

Institute for Religion, Technology and Culture

A website in development by a Canadian pioneer in the relation of theology and information technology.


Andrew Basden

Steve Bishop 'Towards a Christian approach to technology' Spectrum 23 (1991) 9-15

Steve Bishop 'The religious dimension of technology' RE Today 10 (3) 1993

David Lyon 'From Pacman to Homelink: Information technology and social ethics' Faith and Thought vol. 111 (1) (April 1985) 12-21

Paul Marshall 'Modern technology: idol or divine gift?' Evangelical Review of Theology vol. 10 (1986) 258-69

David Pullinger Information technology: the ethical task. Gospel and Culture Newsletter. 21 (2004)

David Pullinger The impact of information technology on human identity The Bible in Transmission Summer 2003

Egbert Schuurman:

Steven H. VanderLeest Teaching Justice by Emphasizing the Non-neutrality of Technology
JECB 10 (2) 2006:111-128

Quentin J. Schultze Faith, Education and Communication Technology
JECB 8 (1) 2004: 9-21


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Mikey Lynch said...

thanks very much for this bibliography. i'm about to preach on the topic at our Tuesday night service, and wanted to give the topic the reflection it deserved.

all i had was the name ellul when i googled and i came across this list. thanks and god bless.

Quentin Schultze said...

Nicely done bibliography with some very substantive books. I've got a new book out (Understanding Evangelical Media) with an accompanying website that you might want to visit. About fifty authors contributed to the book, which covers everything from Christian books and YouTube videos to theme parks and podcasting. I put that book's website in the second link, below. I'd also like to encourage more people to write on the topic of faith and technology -- via an Augustinian approach I call "faithcrafting." Thanks for your work contributing to the larger project.

Quentin Schultze
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan