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The Reformed Institute’s 2015-2016 Lay Theological Colloquy
Faith and Computer Technology: Connecting Bytes and Beliefs

Led by: Dr. Derek Schurmann, Professor of Computer Science at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario.

This colloquium will begin by sketching a brief philosophy of technology. Drawing on the work of thinkers like Jacques Ellul, Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman, it will be argued that computer technology is not neutral, but value-laden. Computer technology has a bias, and it includes substantial legal, ethical, social, cultural and faith implications. But how can the Scriptures guide us when they include no mention of computers?

Working within the Reformed tradition, a biblical perspective of computer technology will be forged around the grand biblical themes of creation, fall, redemption and new creation. As we progress through the colloquy we will explore how computer technology and the issues that arise can be understood within the grand narrative of the biblical story.

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12th Annual Reformed Institute Convocation
Presbyterians and American Culture: The case of the twentieth century

LongfieldPresented by: Dr. Bradley J. Longfield, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dean of the Seminary and Vice President of the University, Professor of Church History

Many observers of the Presbyterian Church have argued that the church, in recent decades, has significantly accommodated itself to the broader culture and has thereby had increasing difficulty articulating a clear identity. In this talk, Dr. Longfield will consider the relationship of church and culture in the twentieth century to explore this claim and suggest ways the church might embrace a clearer identity in the years ahead.

Click HERE for resources from this event 
including a downloadable audio file and bibliography

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