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Growing Down - Theology and Human Nature in the Virtual Age (Hardcover): Jaco J. Hamman

Growing Down - Theology and Human Nature in the Virtual Age (Hardcover)

Jaco J. Hamman

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Growing Down explores the theological and psychological implications of humanity's fascination with technology. Author Jaco Hamman examines how our virtual relationships with and through tablets and phones, consoles and screens, have become potentially addictive substitutes for real human relationships. At the base of the technological revolution, as Hamman shows, are abiding theological questionsaquestions about what it means to be and to become a person in a technological world. Hamman argues that the appeal of today's communications technologies, especially the need to be constantly connected and online, is deeply rooted in the most basic ways humans develop. Human relationship with technology mirrors the holding environment established between young childrenandtheir primary caregivers. The virtual world plays upon humanity's deep yearning to reestablish that primary life-giving environment and to recall those first loving and caring relationships. By handling a phone and engaging online, humans revisit the exhilaration, fear, relief, and confidence of belonging, discovering, and gaining knowledge.Technology affords a space where the self can play, feel alive, and be real. Growing Down draws together theology, anthropology, neuroscience, object relations theory (especially the work of D. W. Winnicott), and empirical research to identify necessary intelligences for human flourishing in an increasingly virtual world. Humans can flourish in the face of the continued onslaught of rapid technological advancesaeven if they must grow down to do so.


Imprint: Baylor University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2017
Authors: Jaco J. Hamman
Dimensions: 215 x 139 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 252
ISBN-13: 978-1-4813-0646-1
Categories: Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Impact of science & technology on society
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies > General
LSN: 1-4813-0646-4
Barcode: 9781481306461

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