Technology and the Transformation of Persons

From: Volume 5, Issue 1: Spring 2008, College & Young Adult Ministry Pages 138-153


Christian educators need proactive criteria to explore the nature of personal transformation in conversation with new insights from science and technology. Many current approaches treat technology cautiously or focus upon utopian threats. An alternative approach anchored in a view of the practicing self moves beyond traditional Cartesian dualism to offer an alternative approach to understanding holistic formation-even the place of transformation-in the midst of technology. The following research essay offers a mediating position by asserting a role for technological practice that contributes to a sense of relationality, contextuality and complexity. The presentation includes current scientific insights on emergence, as well as the nature of Christian practice, ritual, and developmental theory.



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