Studying the ethics of break-neck progress

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

texting on smartphoneA noted ethicist and theologian says the impact of the Internet on society needs to be examined in the classroom.

Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina, says that's exactly what they are doing at the school. He has been teaching ethics classes that explore the moral and ethical questions generated by every facet of society. And that includes new technology over the last couple of decades, he tells OneNewsNow.

Land likens the impact of the Internet on society to that in which the way the inventions of the telephone and automobile altered society. 

Land, Dr. Richard (SBC, ERLC)"It's radically changing the way our society operates and changing us in ways that I don't think we've adequately comprehended or adequately attempted to compensate for," he observes.

There is no argument about "undoing" the Internet, he says, but Americans have a "fantasy" that change always means progress. 

 "It isn't," he says, "and even when it is progress, progress always comes with a price. And we need to talk about what the consequences are and how we can mitigate those consequences."

One suggestion is to examine the time we spend on technology - and if that time is better spent investing in real relationships "rather than virtual ones."

 

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