Braving the Future: Christian Faith in a World of Limitless Tech

Bibliographic information:

Estes, Douglas. Braving the Future: Christian Faith in a World of Limitless Tech. Harrisonburg: Herald, 2018.



Artificial intelligence. Cybernetics. Big data. Is your theology ready?

Humanity is nearing a technological tipping point. Futurists tell us that the blistering pace of technological, scientific, and social change is ushering in an era in which human bodies merge with devices, corporations know everything about us, and artificial intelligence develops human and even godlike potential. In possession of the most powerful tools history has ever seen, we will be faced with questions about wisdom, authority, faith, desire, and what it means to be human.

In Braving the Future, Douglas Estes equips Christians to thoughtfully and prayerfully prepare for a future of technological reign that is rapidly expanding. What does it mean to follow Jesus in an era in which we can edit our children’s genes and computers know our desires better than we do? Should people of faith opt out of a world in which it is impossible to disconnect–or help to craft it? How can church communities care for the least of these in a world increasingly divided by access to resources? Can Christians live into a future of unlimited technological advances and blurred lines between bodies and machines and still trust in God as Creator, Savior, and Sustainer of life?

Drawing on Scripture, Christian tradition, and scientific literature, Estes offers a theology of work, creation, and personhood that is both prophetic and sturdy enough to keep pace with the technology of a future as yet unknown. He helps readers choose trust in God over fearful retreat and following Jesus over uncritical engagement with technology. The future may not look exactly like a science fiction movie, but are we ready to brave a future of limitless tech and boundless change?


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