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The Bible and Technology: Navigating Change in the Digital Age


“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us,” wrote media analyst and Christian Marshall McLuhan at the dawn of the digital age. The technology of printing transformed human thought, providing a necessary pre-condition for the Reformation, encouraging rational and logical argument, and favoring propositional truth over narratives and stories. What will be the impact of digital technology on biblical Christianity? Are our thoughts the same when we read a manuscript roll, a printed book, or a digital screen? What about when we listen to an audio “book”?