More than Just "Christian Megatrends"; Technotrouble; Angst

Every New Year's Eve people use the calendar change as an opportunity to reflect on their life and to consider their prospects. The upcoming change of decade and century, and even millennium, is giving society a common milestone to evaluate the past and to take stock of the future.

More Than Just "Christian Megatrends"

Tom Sine, author of the 1981 Mustard Seed Conspiracy, continues his observation of social, scientific, and spiritual trends in his recently released Wild Hope (Word Publishing, 1991, $12.99, paper). Sine issues a wake-up call to the Christian community, notifying us of the alarming technological changes society is in store for.

Sine surveys a number of topics - the environment, robotics and artificial intelligence, biological adaptation, changing economic power centers - charting both nearly realizable technologies and seemingly unimaginable innovations.

Idolatry in the form of technological, scientific, or economic progress is central to the future dangers. And while Sine notes the "captivity of the Christian mind," he often gives the activities of Christian institutions much credence as signs of hope. He calls for a renewed sense of Christian responsibility, so that the church becomes "captured by the Wild Hope of God's vision for the future."

Sine's primary contribution is his focus on the need to develop an understanding and a value structure in order to interpret developments, rather than a knee-jerk policy reaction to change. Too often Christians have been dismissed by experts due to their Luddite tendencies in response to technological advancement. This criticism cannot be leveled against Sine, as he constantly models an evaluative approach to "advances" with fearless willingness to make moral proclamation when necessary.

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Sojourners Magazine June 1992
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