Schuurman at McMaster, “Shaping a Digital World”

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Shaping a Digital World
What do bytes have to do with beliefs?
Derek Schuurman

Derek Schuurman

Derek Schuurman

Our annual general meeting is always preceded by an important and interesting free public lecture. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Derek Schuurman of Redeemer University College to give the public lecture for our 40th anniversary meeting: 4:15-5:45pm, Friday 18 October 2013, at McMaster University.

Abstract: Computer technology is pervasive, and thoughtful Christians need to discern what it means to live as a faithful presence in a technological society. In this talk, Derek Schuurman will present some of the ideas in his recent book on faith and computer technology entitled Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology (InterVarsity Press, 2013). His approach is oriented around the grand biblical themes of creation, fall, redemption and new creation. Building on the work of Jacques Ellul, Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman, and drawing from a wide range of Christian thinkers, he argues computer technology is not neutral, but value-laden with substantial legal, ethical, social, cultural and faith implications. Computer technology is part of the possibilities in God’s good creation, although fallen, it is an area we are called to use and develop responsibly.

InterVarsity Press, 2013

Bio: Derek Schuurman completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at McMaster University in the area of robotics and computer vision. Prior to that, he worked in industry for nearly 10 years as an electrical engineer. Besides his technical research, he has written about a Christian perspective on faith and computer technology in his recent book. He is currently an associate professor of Computer Science at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario.


Sponsored by CSCA in conjunction with the Hamilton Area Science and Religion Forum.

Location: University Club, McMaster University. Details on the venue are provided here.

NOTE: The public lecture is followed by a dinner at 6:15pm, and the AGM itself is planned for 7:15-8:15pm. Members and friends of CSCA are welcome, but an RSVP is required for the dinner, by way of an E-mail to info@csca.ca . Read more about the AGM here.

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