The cross and the computer: Actor-network theory and Christianity

Levi Checketts*

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This paper explores the relationship between Christianity and new technologies. I contend that the “Christ and Culture” model of H. Richard Niebuhr, while influential for many authors, is inadequate to grasp the real relationship. Authors who follow this framework tend to overlook the reality of the situation due to in-built biases. Actor-Network Theory, which attends carefully to intricate networks of relations, is a better lens through which to understand this relation. This allows us to see that Christianity interplays with new technologies, sometimes shaping them and sometimes being shaped by them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-127
Number of pages12
JournalTheology and Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

User-Defined Keywords

  • Actor-Network Theory
  • Christ and Culture
  • Technology
  • Theology
  • Christianity
  • Jacques Ellul
  • Teilhard de Chardin


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