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"Technology can be seen as a reflection of the people who build and use it. So it's no surprise that the explosion of computing at the end of the 20th century has given theologians much fodder for spiritual study.

The Web, for example, 'is the biggest mirror for humanity ever,' says Phillip Clayton, a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. And that mirror displays 'the same vices and virtues, the same selfishness and altruism that we find across cultures and throughout history,' Clayton says. Yet technology is more than a passive mirror, he goes on to say—it transforms us. The spiritual question to ask, then, is whether these transformations are good or bad.

A way will open up . . .
January 28, 2002

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