Ethical and Social Issues in Technology. Can be used as a trade book for general audiences, but has a textbook apparatus for senior computing science courses in ethics and technology. Written from a Christian point of view.
Each phase of civilization fragments before the next one can be built. This process has been most noticeable on this particular
transition because of its rapidity and because the specialization of the machine age has tended to encourage intellectual, professional, and
religious fragmentation and specialization as it developed more fully.
The task of building the fourth civilization is that of forging a new integration of the fragments. This takes place both on an
academic level, and on a broad cultural one. It requires a redefining of such institutions as government, corporations, education, science,
and religion and a wholistic approach to personal and institutional relationships. The heart-commitments of the people in the new era are
not yet evident, but there is much experimentation with various forms of religion, some of them quite novel. A muted scientism may be an
important factor and the new age philosophies may play some role; however, any resurgence of Christianity would require it to come to
terms with its world view, intellectual and spiritual foundations, and work out a transformational relevance in the new society. North
America is a possible venue for such a revival, but the far East may be more likely. There is a tension between the use of integration to
self-evolve a consilience of purely empirical knowledge and its use, on the other hand to demonstrate a pre-existing concinnity, or design.