NEWS: Religion in the Age of Technology

The BBC website has recently highlighted the difficulties faced by many, when trying to reconcile twenty first century technology with their faith. It is reported that in Israel, the traditional ultra-Orthodox Jewish community have introduced the innovative concept of “kosher cellphones” in an attempt to resolve this conflict. These phones – supplied by all major mobile providers – can be used to make and receive calls, but have no cameras, and are unable to access the internet or transmit/receive text messages. Such phones receive the rabbinical seal of approval, as well as benefiting from lower tariffs.

From this one example, we can start to see some of the inherent incompatibilities between faith and technology. However, this article also illustrates that such concerns can be overcome when both groups work together. It remains to be seen how well the internet can be incorporated into religious life.

Related articles:

Theology in its Spatial Turn: Space, Place and Built Environments Challenging and Changing the Images of God
By Sigurd Bergmann, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
(Vol. 2, April 2007)
Religion Compass

“Revolution? What Revolution?” Successes and Limits of Computing Technologies in Philosophy and Religion
By Charles Ess
From A Companion to Digital Humanities

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