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blog tour:From the garden to the city(din gradina spre oras) – John Dyer

…acolo stau eu, intre gradina si oras; dincolo de locatia in care ma gasesc acum titlul cartii lui John Dyer este o metafora reusita pentru o discutie amanuntita asupra influentei si includerii tehnologiei in viata noastra.

Intr-un sondaj de opinie al “Staples” peste 80% din respondenti au declarat ca se simt mai bine folosind tehnologia, decat fara ea. Derivatele domeniului tehnologic  au patruns atat de adanc in structura activitatii cotidine incat deseori ma gandesc cat de oameni am mai fi dupa o intrerupere de  o luna a energiei sau a conexiunilor online.

Tehnologia este ceva creeat de noi, pentru noi, pe termen limitat. Ceva ce ne influenteaza si a ne modifica preocupari, comportamente, aspiratii.

Apropiat de domeniul tehnologic(director of Web development at Dallas Theological Seminary) Dyer explica functionalitatea procesului evidentiind zonele sensibile, periculoase cat si punctele forte.  Interactiunea intre unelete/tehnica si om duce la modificarea mediului (omul foloseste o lopata pentru a sapa o groapa) la modificarea omului (prin folosirea lopetii omul isi dezvolta trupul/muschii) si influenteaza decizii morale/sprituale (folosesc lopata spre binele meu sau si spre binele altuia)

Autorul preia o structura teologica cunoscuta: Creatie-Cadere- Rascumparare-Restaurare si o aplica procesului de discernamant asupra tehnologiei redenumind  termenii(de la inceput) si devenind Reflexie, Rebeliune, Rascumparare si Restarurare (4 R – usor de retinut minte).

Inca din zorii Creatiei prin abilitatea oferita omului de catre Dumnezeu, Adam creeaza un limbaj si apoi descendentii sai inventeaza unelte si mecanisme ca o reflexie a creativitatii lui Dumnezeu. Orice potential bun poate fi pervertit print-o folosire necorespunzatoare si asta se intampla in perioada de rebeliune. Procesul rascumpararii  este intoarcerea la folosirea adecvata a produsului iar la final in procesul de restaurare se prezinta actiunea concertat-responsabila a folosirii spre bine a ceea ce ni s-a oferit temporar. Tehnologia este o fata morgana ce te imbie mereu sa cauti ceva mai bun si mai bun…

Legat de aceasta structura vizibil enuntata in carte, autorul evidentieaza si doua tentinte diametral opuse ce se pot vedea usor in jurul nostru. Cusuta in dorinta de independenta (de Dumnezeu) omul ajunge sa se alipeasca de tehnologie devenind dependent de ea; la polul opus se regaseste respingerea oricarui gram de creativitate exprimat prin tehnologie, de frica de a nu pacatui.

John Dyer scrie o carte ce te pune sa te gandesti serios la cum iti modifica tehnologia perceptia asupra vietii. In succesiunea capitolelor se observa o buna legatura si exprimare a ideilor principale si secundare, oferind o usurinta in pricerea argumentului si oferind continuitate lecturii.

Din gradina Eden pana in orasul Noul Ierusalim din Cer acesta este drumul umanitatii, un drum pe parcursul caruia tehnologia ofera remarcabile borne de kilometraj.

Vesnicia pana la urma este legata de raportarea la Dumnezeu si nu de accesul sau indemanarea fata de tehnologie. Astazi ne putem prelungi viata putin – durata media a vietii a crescut – dar finalmente tehnolgia nu va putea opri planul pe care Dumnezeu il are pentru sfarsitul/continuarea umanitatii.

Ajuns la final am dorinta de a reciti cel putin cateva capitole. Autorul se dovedeste a fi nu doar o persoana curioasa, dispusa spre detaliu si raspunsuri (ca orice persoana tehnica vrea sa repare problema) ci este o si fire enciplopedica, ce arata ca a citit destul(deci stie…) si ca poate imbina expresiv si oferi mai departe ce i s-a parut remarcabil.

Un fragment din carte poate fi citit aici.

EG

 

 

… There is me, between the garden and the city, beyond the location where I now find the title of John Dyer’s book is a marvelous metaphor for a series of discussions about the influence and inclusion of technology in our lives.

In a survey from “Staples” over 80% of respondents said they feel better using technology than without it. Derivatives of technological world entered so deeply into our daily living and activities as is hardly imaginable what really means one month without power or internet connection.

Technology is something created by us, for us, for a limited period. It’s something that affects and change/challenge our behaviors and aspirations.

Being a tech guy (director of Web development at Dallas Theological Seminary) Dyer explains the process highlighting functionality and strengths warnings about sensitive areas, hazardous. Interaction between technical devices and human life lead to changes the environment, the human condition pursuing and challenging the moral/spiritual decisions.

The author takes a well known theological structure: Creation-Fall-Redemption-Restoration and applies on the discernment process over technology using; the book is generally structured to explain and connect Reflection, Rebellion, Redemption and Restoration (4 R – easy to remember).

Beside this structure Dyer highlights two diametrically opposing tendencies can easily see around us. Made in the desire for independence (from God) man become addicted to technologies; the opposite is found in rejection of every ounce of creativity expressed by technology who can lead the life to sinful patterns.

From Garden of Eden to the city of New Jerusalem in heaven this is the path of humanity, a journey during which technology offers outstanding mileage terminals. John Dyer‘s book challenge you to think seriously about how technology modify our perception about life.

Eternity stance is related to God and not to access or any technology skills. Today we can extend the life a little – life expectancy has increased – but ultimately technology cannot stop the plan God has for the end of humanity.

 

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I am thankful to Kregel Publications to send to me this book through their blog tour promotion program.The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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2 Comments

  1. Dear John,
    You did a very good job and I have some engineers around me who picked your book from my office table.
    Keep up good works!

    Emanuel P.

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