By Derek C. Schuurman
Building at the paintings of Jacques Ellul, Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman, in addition to a variety of Reformed thinkers, Derek Schuurman offers a quick theology of know-how -rooted within the Reformed culture and orientated round the grand topics of production, fall, redemption and new creation.
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In Genesis we read that “on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” (Genesis 2:2-3). This established the pattern of a sabbath day, which is one day in seven set aside for rest. In fact, keeping sabbath is explicitly included as one of the Ten Commandments. God’s people are commanded to “observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” and that “on it you shall not do any work” (Deuteronomy 5:12, 14).
These include areas such as operating systems, networks, security, artificial intelligence, databases, programming languages, compilers and computer graphics, to name just a few. It is exciting to imagine what other aspects of creation or fields of research are yet to be uncovered! Computer technology has helped uncover new vistas and hidden treas-ures in other areas of creation. For example, computers have been crucial in the study of chaos and fractals. The infinite complexity and beauty of fractal patterns only became apparent when the computational and visualization capabilities of computers became widely available in the early 1980s.
I was educated in electrical engineering, which is to say that I was not well-educated in anything else. I received an excellent technical education, and upon graduation I felt confident I could tackle whatever technical challenges would come my way. It soon became apparent, however, that my excellent technical training had not provided me with a context for my work. More specifically, it was not clear to me how my faith related to my work. I began to read and think about this question, and it persisted over the following years as I left work to pursue graduate studies in engineering.
Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology by Derek C. Schuurman