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Power Failure

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A call to redeem and restrain technology through everyday Christian practices and sacraments such as communal celebrations, shared meals, and daily Scripture reading.In our culture we usually equate our access to technology with opportunity, affluence, even happiness: "the good life."...


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A call to redeem and restrain technology through everyday Christian practices and sacraments such as communal celebrations, shared meals, and daily Scripture reading.In our culture we usually equate our access to technology with opportunity, affluence, even happiness: "the good life." Albert Borgmann's Power Failure raises some crucial, if disconcerting, questions: Do we really feel free? Are we prospering, and by what definition?

Borgmann looks at the relationship between Christianity and technology by examining some of the "invisible" dangers of a technology-driven lifestyle. Power Failure calls us to vigorous Christian practice in a technological age.Albert Borgmann is professor of philosophy at the University of Montana. His previous publications include Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life, Crossing the Postmodern Divide, and Holding on to Reality.

We live in a culture shaped and fueled by technology. Usually we equate access to technology with opportunity and the chance to pursue "the good life." Power Failure raises some crucial, if disconcerting, questions about technology: If technology liberates us, what kind of liberation does it promise? Are we prospering, and by what definition?
Albert Borgmann looks at the relationship between Christianity and technology by examining some of the "invisible" dangers of a technology-driven lifestyle. Specifically, he points out how utility and consumption have replaced connection to physical things and meaningful practices in everyday life. Power Failure calls us to redeem and restrain technology through simple Christian practices, including citizen-based decision making, shared meals, and daily Scripture reading.

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Albert Borgmann

Albert Borgmann is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana. He is the author of "Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life," "Crossing the Postmodern Divide," and "Holding On to Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium," all published by the University of Chicago Press. ý ý