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is tech becoming a religion?

The “Jesus Phone”

6 responses

  1. The Jesus Phone? The non-sinner jesus christ would have surely disagreed with the concept of religion becoming technological. Religion will always be the way people perceive their faiths and beliefs! Technology therefore is not a religion as there is no faith or belief system behind the cause. Technology is real, but religion is only a belief; its peoples own belief’s which makes religion real.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm

  2. I agree that the new phones are definitely becoming and issue with today’s youth. I am afraid that in years to come, the young people of today will have very limited abilities with personal social contact. Are they going to meet each other in person and whip out their smartphones and begin texting each other rather than using their mouths?

    August 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm

  3. Being part of the generation which concieved bloggers, social networks, and smart phones, i find my self becoming attached to my mobile device… There was a time i didnt want a cell phone,now i cant live with out it! its my access to the world, with out it, i would lose out on a lot of money being as all the buisness i conduct is over phone, internet etc. It became almost vital to my lifestyle and revelutionized my way of income…With that being said, can see the point of view as we “idolize” our phones. Almost as we feel naked with out it! (everybody is guilty of that, even grandmas now-a-days)…But to go so far and say we are religious with our technology? NO peoples beliefs and societies technology are two different things…

    August 24, 2011 at 2:35 am

  4. this post has alot of truth to it. in my gen. everyone depends on there phones i should know i dont go anywhere without mine and fill funny when i dont have it or when it is dead. its kinda sad to see how dependent we are on the cell phone and how we dont even know any more how to write letters or how to call and talk to some one we have to txt of facebook them

    August 25, 2011 at 1:19 am

  5. Cat Sano

    I think Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast has missed the point entirely. It is not the smartphone which has become a “sacred object to be held and caressed and constantly attended to…” it is the connection to other human beings which is being held and caressed and constantly attended to. This seems to me to be an evolutionary step up from past generations being addicted to TV in which there is no human interaction. This devotion Andrew is witnessing is not to the material object but to the people on the other end of the material object.

    August 25, 2011 at 4:40 am

  6. In response to Andrew Bacevich’s article on “the Jesus phone”:
    I disagree with the concept that technology has become a religion.
    According to Clifford Geertz as quoted on the web site of Wickipedia Dictonary, the definition of Religion is “a collection of Cultural systems, belief systems, world views and established symbols that relate humanity to spriiituality and moral values”.
    1.^ While religion is difficult to define, one standard model of religion, used in religious studies courses, was proposed by Clifford Geertz, who simply called it a “cultural system” (Clifford Geertz, Religion as a Cultural System, 1973). A critique of Geertz’s model by Talal Asad categorized religion as “an anthropological category.” (Talal Asad, The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category, 1982.)

    I believe that technology has become an addiction, not a religion, to much of society. In an era when travel and telephone service has become available to people worldwide, the opportunity to communicate easily and readily should mean that we as a global society should be advancing toward peace, harmony, the respect for diversity inlcuding religious beliefs and improving the planet for future generations. But instead, we have bigger wars, battles within our countries that have denigrated to the point that people have lost sight of core values. The political climate has taken over common sense and the media has taken over the minds of many by monopolizing the news and basically creating a culture of brainwashed citizens that have lost the independent thinking required to counter the greed and self focused groups that are determined to guide our country (and the earth as we know it) into a futrue that relies on backward thinking (oil, gas and an elite society) instead of utilizing technology with the economical and earth friendly resources (solar, wind power, socialized medicine) that prevail in many other countries. It is my hope that the people that are so addicted to their computers will utilize them in a way to gain more understanding and a seek a broader view than what is preached by the mass media and to finally take a courageous stand toward revolutionizing the political machine to be focused on the health of the people and earth as a whole instead of foolishly believing that the selfish society of the wealthy is truly caring for the poor.

    August 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

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