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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