I personally find the way that religion engages with the changing of cultural technology to be fascinating. Particularly because the differences in which different religions approach modern technology and science can sometimes be stark. Heck, even within different Christian denominations, the difference is stark. Many Christian denominations have no problem reconciling science, reason and faith — heeding St. Paul’s words to “test everything” and “hold on to the good.” The Catholic Church, for example, has embraced modern science and technology to a very broad extent. The Vatican has its own Observatory, is exploring an open source ethos, accepts evolution, and on the whole has rejected its stereotypical medieval anti-science stereotype.  As Pope Leo XIII wrote in his encyclical Providentissimus Deus:

The unshrinking defence of the Holy Scripture, however, does not require that we should equally uphold all the opinions which each of the Fathers or the more recent interpreters have put forth in explaining it; for it may be that, in commenting on passages where physical matters occur, they have sometimes expressed the ideas of their own times, and thus made statements which in these days have been abandoned as incorrect.

That’s a very simple and logical way of looking at it. Unfortunately, there’s another large strain of Christianity that rejects large portions of modern science, technology and even the Internet. Famous Christian apologist Josh McDowell recently railed against the internet, calling it a great threat to Christians.  The unintentionally hilarious evangelical movie Fireproof has a scene where Kirk Cameron’s character destroys his computer in order to remove the temptation of internet porn. And of course, there’s no shortage of Christian organizations devoted to denying evolutionary theory. (Or even, in fringe cases, some that deny heliocentrism.)

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