Title

Technology and the Church

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2015

Department

Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Keywords

technology, church, culture, influence, music

Abstract

I have witnessed many changes in churches over the years, much of it driven by technology. The organ has given way to praise bands, the organ pipes now covered by a large screen for projecting text and images. The hymn books and Bibles, although still present in the pews, are used more rarely. Others consult smartphones to lookup Scripture passages or take notes. The occasional video now augments sermons and video clips bring greetings from far-off missionaries. Sermon tapes have given way to MP3s and videos posted on church websites. Items from my church denomination regularly pepper in my e-mail inbox and my social media feeds. But do these new media technologies simply carry the same wine in newer wine skins?

Source Publication Title

God & Nature Magazine

Publisher

American Scientific Affiliation

Issue

Fall 2015