Does technology excite you? Does it cause dread? Are you ambivalent about it? Do you think of technology in the light of your faith? I bought my first computer in 1986. It was an Atari ST. I used it for very important stuff! You know, word processing, home finances, and playing Breakout. I have always been mesmerized by technology. While intimidating, it has a mysterious allure that repeatedly takes me back to God the creator.
I see in technology the foundations of a universe teeming with predictable forces that when harnessed can produce unbelievable things. Moreover, I believe with deep conviction that because we are made in the image of God (Imago Dei), we have potential to harness the resources of that universe and create because the one who made us is a creator. It does not matter if one is redeemed or not, the potential to create is always present. The following is a case in point.
In the modern era of wireless communications ushered in by Guglielmo Marconi’s wireless telegraph, there is perhaps no name more important in the development of the technology than Howard Armstrong as documented by Tom Lewis in his book Empire of the Air. This is indisputably true when it comes to the invention of the Frequency Modulation signal (FM). Within the scientific community, Armstrong singularly understood that the signal (the radio wave) had to be lengthened, not shortened. He literally went against the whole scientific community, and he was right. (p247-278) As far as we know, there is no evidence that Armstrong was a religious man. There is no record that he made a faith profession or even acknowledged God. Nonetheless, I would argue that the reason why he was able to create and invent is because he was made in the image of the one who creates. I would further argue that while Armstrong was inventing (creating), he was giving glory to God whether he knew it or not.
Too often, I have heard Christians talk disparagingly about technology as if advancements come from the enemy. I would be the first to agree that technologies can be used for bad, but that doesn’t make the technology bad. For instance, the Internet, which, allows me to Facetime (video call) my son who is presently on the other side of the world, is the same Internet that predators use to reel in victims of numerous crimes. I would argue that the Internet is a good invention that some fallen people have used for bad.
On The Techology Show, we embrace technology because we believe the creator God is glorified when His creation creates! It is our conviction that the Father is pleased as we attempt to explore the convergence of technology and theology in the work of His kingdom.
So, I end this short article by asking the questions previously presented. Does technology excite you? Does it cause dread? Are you ambivalent about it? For us, technology presents a wonderful opportunity to explore the creation and to stand in awe of the creator.