Saturday, October 08, 2011


The WSJ ran an article today by Andy Crouch who claims Steve Jobs was a prophet in a secular-but-religious sense. Crouch sees Apple's bitten-apple symbol as the biblical fruit of the tree of knowledge, and he's not too happy about this newfangled technology cult. Crouch riffs on ideas from a Heideggerian:
The philosopher Albert Borgmann has observed that technology promises to relieve us of the burden of being merely human, of being finite creatures in a harsh and unyielding world. The biblical story of the Fall pronounced a curse upon human work—"cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life." All technology implicitly promises to reverse the curse, easing the burden of creaturely existence.
So technology is defiance of divine will?
What swill.

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