Professor Tackles Technology's Spiritual Implications

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville, Ohio—Is technology subtly subverting our worldview? If we took out our iPod headphones and scrutinized our constant connections-computers, BlackBerrys, cell phones-what would we learn?

    Exploring these questions, Dr. Brad Kallenberg will speak at the Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program, a three-day event hosted by Cedarville University. His career as a professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton has led him to examine the possibly parasitic relationship between technology and Christian ethics.

    According to Kallenberg, “Christians can learn a lot of parallel lessons about discipleship by examining the nature of morally-formative practices [such as engineering].” Fields like engineering, physical science and journalism are continuously and inextricably fused to all forms of technology. This electronic world has had a formative impact on our culture and relationships, shaping even the most basic of communications. With this understanding, visitors will be challenged and encouraged to utilize this information in their relationships, values and ethics.

    Kallenberg earned his bachelor’s degree in science education at the University of Minnesota, and then went into fulltime Christian ministry. Spending a decade serving college students on midwestern campuses, he went on to complete his M.A. in biblical studies and theology, and his Ph.D. in philosophical theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.

    Author of “Ethics as Grammar: Changing the Postmodern Subject”, Kallenberg also recently published “Live to Tell: Evangelism in a Postmodern Age.” Contributing to various journals such as the Christian Scholar's Review and the Journal of Religious Ethics, he frequently addresses Christian ethics, the philosophy of language, and technology.

    His three-part Staley lecture series, titled “Bewitched by Technopoly,” “Is Technology Good News?,” and “What Christians Can Learn From Technologists,” will also air on CDR Radio, (The PATH®) at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. as well as online at CDR Radio, The PATH®, is a community-supported media ministry of Cedarville University.

    This program is funded by the Thomas F. Staley Foundation of Larchmont, N.Y. This private, nonprofit organization seeks to support men and women who truly believe, cordially love and actively propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ in its historical and scriptural fullness. Cedarville University thanks the Thomas F. Staley Foundation for making this annual lectureship program possible.