Millennial counternarrative: The bubble bursts ... then Google hits $475.
The Moral of the Story
'Technology' is both myth-making and myth-laden (meaning theory-laden, story-laden).
Technology is not a "given" but emerges in specific communities and ways of life.
Technology is never neutral but takes on the morality of its narrative.
Technology is never a story in itself.
Computer culture is just as fragmented, hotly contested, and ambiguous as all American culture.
Computer cultures have absorbed, focused, and intensified America's competing narratives.
The Gospel is marginal to contemporary high tech mythologies.
So one does not simply say "yes" or "no" to high-tech.
Nor is a dialectical ("yes and no") or via media approach meaningful without specific criteria for judgment.
Rather than offering such criteria, conventional ethics' presentation of competing ethical theories tends to lay out contradictory options and introduce insoluble dilemmas, practically granting ultimate choice to the ethicist ('decisionism').
The narrative cultural location of various practices and the narrative shape of Christian life and tradition recommends gospel-narrative analysis and transformation.
The Fruits Test: Making Sense of Our Practices
Context: Both unreached and truly new cultures are missiological frontiers.
The originally Palestinian Gospel still speaks into pagan Roman culture, and every other.
The good news reveals the telos of cosmic, global, cultural, familial, and personal histories and judges departures from that goal as sin.
Rule: "Nothing is unclean in itself" (Rom. 14:14; cf. Mark 7:1-23).
The good news renarrates, condemns, affirms, redeems, and transforms cultural practices.
Christianity's dominantly 'haggadic' (narrative) reasoning contrasts with the predominantly 'halakhic' character of Jewish and Muslim deliberation (Acts 15 in Acts).
A case study from a Christian rabbi: sacrificed meat, yes; idols, no (Rom. 14:1-15:13).
Resources: Providence equips us to live faithfully in our present circumstances with ...
the Church — featuring others with spiritual gifts of discernment,
living faith that sees circumstances realistically and hopefully, and
Christian virtue that embodies wisdom.
saints whose stories describe successful negotiations of ambiguous environments:
Christians have tended to be early adopters (Koine Greek, Roman transport, the codex).
Christians have steadfastly refused certain cultural practices but consistently (if not always immediately) embraced new technology.
Wesleyans stand out among contemporary Christians for their technological adaptiveness ... and growth.
The best responses to the culturally and technologically unfamiliar have been rooted in hope rather than pragmatism, utilitarianism, optimism, or pessimism.
Test: Can you "happily" (J.L. Austin) describe a way of life in terms of these stories?
The work and character of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
The promises, Gospel, and law of God?
The Kingdom and righteousness of God to which Jesus calls us?
The "economy" (story) of God's old and new creation in Israel, Jesus, and Church?
Criteria: Happy endings glorify God, edify the Church, and proclaim the Gospel.