Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith by Shane Hipps

By Shane Hipps

Flickering pixels are the tiny dots of sunshine that make up the displays of life---from TVs to mobile phones. they're approximately invisible, yet they modify us. during this provocative booklet, writer Shane Hipps takes readers underneath the skin of items to work out how the applied sciences we use prove utilizing us. no longer all is dire, in spite of the fact that, as Hipps indicates us that hidden issues have some distance much less energy to form us once they are not hidden anymore. we're basically puppets of our know-how if we stay asleep. Flickering Pixels will wake us up---and not anything will glance an identical back.

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In the process we introduced her to one of the most powerful technologies the world has ever known. It’s the one you are consuming right now: the technology of letters, the invention of writing. In a way, teaching her how to read is actually teaching her brain to do something completely unnatural. The skills of walking and talking arrived intuitively over time, but reading and writing forced her brain to operate in a way that was not innate. She had to learn to compress reality into line after line of strange shapes arranged in sequence.

The same applies to our faith as well. 3 The simple explanation is efficiency. The Chinese language just wasn’t very efficient. Because each symbol in the Chinese language represents an entire word or idea, a dizzying number of characters are required for communication. indd 45 10/27/08 11:01:57 AM FlickeringPixels of using the printing press for mass communication in China made about as much sense as creating a computer keyboard with 80,000 keys. In this sense, the most breathtaking achievement of the phonetic alphabet is its remarkable efficiency — only twenty-six symbols are needed for endless communication.

I informed John that the Bible tells us there is a gap between us and God. He cordially responded, “I realize that, but the Bible is your authority. Don’t get me wrong; I think that’s cool. ” Over the course of the conversation I emptied my arsenal of apologetic munitions on him — C. S. Lewis, Josh McDowell, Bill Hybels. He was polite, but none of it stuck. It was like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. This conversation initiated a crisis of faith for me. I began to realize that I had all the answers to the questions no one was asking.

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