Christian Ethics for a Digital Society examines
how we live in an increasingly digital world.
From sexting to hashtag activism like the
#metoo movement, technology has entered
both our private and public lives in a deep
way. Christian Ethics for a Digital Society offers
pragmatic wisdom on how to live
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by Rev. TJ Remaley (Associate Pastor St. Giles)
AFlame Ministry Radio Show, Book Interview with Kathleen Panning Christian Ethics for a Digital Society
Kate Ott rethinks Christian moral meaning in the still new technological age from a digitally woke place. She sketches how algorithms can be a blessing and a curse, how hacking can be a positive force, and how the unforgetting nature of the Internet can influence experiences of forgiving. Excursus leaven the text with personal, practical reflections on how power dynamics in this newly emerging reality can either connect or silo, enhance life for a few or, if developed responsibly, enhance for all. from WATER: What we’re reading
“What difference does it make to engage digital technology as a Christian? Kate Ott invites us to think intentionally and creatively about the shaping effect our engagement with the ever-changing digital world has on our relationships and our community formation. Providing a new ethical language, she orients our reflection away from a rule-based approach toward a relational and imaginative approach, all while keeping context, community, and justice at the fore.”
— Xochitl Alvizo, California State University, Northridge
“Finally, a book about tech that treats Christians like real human beings. Kate Ott offers a sophisticated, critical, accessible primer on Internet cultures and their discontents. It is not another call for a prudish retreat from networks, nor a ploy to manipulate them for propagandistic ends. Rather, it invites faith to be a guide for creative and savvy participation in building a more just digital world.”
—Nathan Schneider, University of Colorado-Boulder
“So many theological responses to the digital age begin (and end) in moral hand-wringing about how much our world has changed, or in ‘how-tos’ designed to enable more tech-savvy ministers and lay leaders. Kate Ott offers us something else: a kind of moral grammar—or in her language, practices of moral ‘hacking’—to navigate our digital lives in embodied, incarnational ways. An improvisational book in the best of senses, this should be read by teachers, professors, students, parents, ministers, and anyone trying to think and act Christianly.”
— Kathryn Reklis, Fordham University