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Winner in the Culture and the Arts category of Christianity Today's 2024 Book Awards
How the Habitat of Internet Technology Undermines Christian Wisdom
With advancements in internet technology, people can get instant answers to just about any of their questions, connect long distance with family and friends, and stay informed with events around the world in real time.
In Digital Liturgies, tech-realist Samuel D. James examines the connection between patterns in technology and human desires. Everyone longs for a glimpse of heaven; James argues they are just looking for it in the wrong place—the internet.
This accessible book exposes 5 “digital liturgies” that prohibit people from contemplating big truths, accepting the uncomfortable, and acknowledging God as their Creator. It then calls readers to live faithfully before Christ, finding wisdom through Scripture and rest in God’s perfect design.
A Biblical View of the Internet and Technology: Readers explore the connection between human desire, the internet, and wisdom through a Christian lens
Great for College Students, Parents, and Pastors: This book encourages readers to live faithfully for Christ
Offers a Tech-Realist Perspective: Samuel D. James highlights the inherent dangers of digital technologies, offering wisdom for navigating our internet-saturated world
Table of Contents
Introduction: What the Web Means for Our Spiritual Lives
Chapter 1: Embodied Wisdom in a Faceless Age Chapter 2: How Technology Shapes Us Chapter 3: Drowning in the Shallows Chapter 4: “My Story, My Truth” Chapter 5: The Abolition of Thought Chapter 6: Shame on You Chapter 7: Naked in the Dark Chapter 8: Death by Minutiae Chapter 9: Habits of Wisdom & Resistance
“This accessible but penetrating book shows how our late-modern, secular culture provides liturgies: soul-shaping practices and narratives that train us to turn from God to the sovereign self, from God-created nature to self-created reality, from living for truth and love to living for power. If you can’t see them, you can’t resist them, and the author gives you resources to do both. Samuel James has written an essential book. He is one of the small but growing number of young thinkers to whom the church must listen if it is to learn how to be effective in evangelism and formation in a post-Christendom world.” Tim Keller,Chairman and Cofounder, Redeemer City to City
“This is such a wise and insightful book. Its power lies in the way it exposes truths not just about the digital world but about us: the things we want, the way we try to find them, how the internet weaponizes them in ways we may not have noticed, and what we can do about it. Penetrating without being frightening, and positive without being naïve,Digital Liturgiesis the guide we need.” Andrew Wilson, Teaching Pastor, King’s Church London
“Digital Liturgiesis a book that issues both a challenge and a call. Samuel James challenges our perspective by pulling back the curtain so we see that technology’s effects are not neutral, and our digital habits tilt us toward an online world that makes the wisdom of God seem like foolishness. But James also calls us to a better way, reorienting us toward greater understanding, wisdom, and the practices of resistance necessary for faithful and fruitful living. An accessible book full of profound insight.” Trevin Wax, Vice President of Research and Resource Development, The North American Mission Board; Visiting Professor, Cedarville University; author,The Thrill of Orthodoxy;Rethink Your Self; andThis Is Our Time