The capacity of human beings to invent, construct and use technical artifacts is a hugely consequential factor in the evolution of society, and in the entangled relations between humans, other creatures and their natural environments. Moving from a critical consideration of theories, to narratives about technology, and then to particular and specific practices, Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred seeks to arrive at a genuinely transdisciplinary perspective focusing attention on the intersection between technology, religion and society and using insights from the environmental humanities. It works from both theoretical and practical contexts by using newly emerging case studies, including geo-engineering and soil carbon technologies, and breaks open new ground by engaging theological, scientific, philosophical and cultural aspects of the technology/religion/nature nexus. Encouraging us to reflect on the significance and place of religious beliefs in dealing with new technologies, and engaging critical theory common in sociological, political and literary discourses, the authors explore the implicit religious claims embedded in technology.
‘What are we doing to our home, to plants and animals, to the oceans and atmosphere and climate? What are we doing to ourselves? Technofutures covers the terrain but also goes to the heart of the matter: our love affair with technology, its seductive allure, its reductive grip, its relentless drive. Here we find honest writing, disturbing questions, and not a single easy answer. Whether you fancy being a posthuman living in a post-natural world or whether the idea scares the hell out of you, this is a must-read book.’
Ron Cole-Turner, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, USA