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Power Failure

Power Failure
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Power Failure

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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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- Publisher "Albert Borgmann may well be one of the most important social commentators in America today. In his new book, Power Failure, Borgmann brings his perceptive and compelling analysis of the technological shape of ordinary life into conversation with his Christian commitment to the eloquent life of grace and sacrament. The result is a demanding but profoundly rewarding glimpse into the possible future of Christianity as something other than cultural ornamentation--the promise of a truly grace--full human existence."--Richard R. Gaillardetz, University of Toledo"Albert Borgmann's Power Failure is a penetrating critique of contemporary culture, shaped as it is by the seductive and dominating presence of technology. Borgmann's brief but rich analysis will challenge and stretch the expert as much as the novice. His meditations on the gifts of Christianity could bring to our needy culture are insightful, eloquent, and on numerous occasions, flat-out inspiring and moving."--David Gill, co-director, Institute for Business, Technology, and Ethics"Read Borgmann before it's too late! We waste our time trying to live Christianly in a technological society if we don't understand its paradigm and why the resultant commodification threatens faith. But Borgmann doesn't only critique consumerism. This book's ending, with its suggestions toward a culture of the Word and the table, could be the starting point for a renewal of Christian vitality amidst postmodern affluence. A crucial book!"--Marva J. Dawn, author of Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society"Each chapter of this compelling new book is a marvel. Step by step Borgmann uncovers the ways in which technology obscures the reality of our situation. By helping us to understand more deeply our cultural crisis, he gives us not only critical tools but genuine alternatives. Anyone concerned about where modern culture is going can profit from this book, but for Christians it is particularly valuable. He helps us understand not only why we have difficulty getting a hearing for the gospel in contemporary society (in spite of surface piety) but why it is just our kind of society that needs it more than ever."--Robert N. Bellah, coauthor of Habits of the Heart

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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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144 Pages
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"Albert Borgmann may well be one of the most important social commentators in America today. In his new book, Power Failure, Borgmann brings his perceptive and compelling analysis of the technological shape of ordinary life into conversation with his Christian commitment to the eloquent life of grace and sacrament. The result is a demanding but profoundly rewarding glimpse into the possible future of Christianity as something other than cultural ornamentation--the promise of a truly grace--full human existence."--Richard R. Gaillardetz, University of Toledo"Albert Borgmann's Power Failure is a penetrating critique of contemporary culture, shaped as it is by the seductive and dominating presence of technology. Borgmann's brief but rich analysis will challenge and stretch the expert as much as the novice. His meditations on the gifts of Christianity could bring to our needy culture are insightful, eloquent, and on numerous occasions, flat-out inspiring and moving."--David Gill, co-director, Institute for Business, Technology, and Ethics"Read Borgmann before it's too late! We waste our time trying to live Christianly in a technological society if we don't understand its paradigm and why the resultant commodification threatens faith. But Borgmann doesn't only critique consumerism. This book's ending, with its suggestions toward a culture of the Word and the table, could be the starting point for a renewal of Christian vitality amidst postmodern affluence. A crucial book!"--Marva J. Dawn, author of Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society"Each chapter of this compelling new book is a marvel. Step by step Borgmann uncovers the ways in which technology obscures the reality of our situation. By helping us to understand more deeply our cultural crisis, he gives us not only critical tools but genuine alternatives. Anyone concerned about where modern culture is going can profit from this book, but for Christians it is particularly valuable. He helps us understand not only why we have difficulty getting a hearing for the gospel in contemporary society (in spite of surface piety) but why it is just our kind of society that needs it more than ever."--Robert N. Bellah, coauthor of Habits of the Heart
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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

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  • Catalogue Code 189762
  • Product Code 1587430584
  • EAN 9781587430589
  • Pages 144
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Media/culture
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Jun 2003
  • Sales Rank #33316
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 10 mm
  • Weight 0.240kg

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