Christianity and Computing
The faculty at Calvin College regularly reflect on the integration of faith and learning, especially as they relate to computer science and information systems. Here are some essays from our own faculty as well as links to other related work.
- Joel Adams
- Pat Bailey
- Dynamic Link: Christian Perspectives on Software Development
- The Faith Integration and Software Development Project
- Victor Norman
- Harry Plantinga
- Keith Vander Linden
- Steve VanderLeest
- Deux Ex Machina, a blog on Christian faith and technology
- Being Fluent and Faithful in a Digital World, edited by Steve VanderLeest, Jeff Nyhoff, and Nancy Zylstra.
- Derek Schuurman, Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture, and Computer Technology, InterVarsity Press, 2013. See also Derek’s companion website for the book.
- High-Tech Worship, Baker Book House, 2004.
- Internet for Christians, Gospel Films Publications, 1996.
- Allen Emerson & Cheryl Forbes, The Invasion of the Computer Culture, InterVarsity Press, 1989.
- Stephen V. Monsma (ed), Responsible Technology, William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1986.
- George Grant, Technology & Justice, University of Notre Dame Press, 1986.
- Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society, Alfred A. Knopf Pub. Co., 1964.
Other Resources on Christianity and Computing
- The March 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Scientific Affliliation is devoted to the theme: Responsible Technology and Issues of Faith.
- The Feb 2012 issue of the Christian Educators Journal is devoted to the theme: The Impact of Social Media and Technology in Schools, featuring these articles:
- The December 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Scientific Affliliation is devoted to the theme: Information, Intelligence, and Origins, with several articles on genomic information.
- Artificial Intelligence and the Soul, by Russell C. Bjork of Gordon College, from the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation (June 2008); plus a letter of response from David F. Siemens Jr. in the following issue.
- Forming a Christian View of Computer Technology, by Derek Schuurman of Redeemer University College, from the ACMS Journal (2007).
- From Kim Kihlstrom of Westmont College:
- Object Information Repository in a Christian Theory of Technology, by Longy O. Anyanwu, of Trinity Christian College, from the ACMS Journal (2006).
- Computer Origins and the Defense of the Faith, by John Warwick Montgomery from the Journal of the American Scientific Affliliation (2004)
- Used Body For Sale (2003), by Eric Gossett of Bethel University (Minnesota).
- From Kevin Kelly (founding editor of Wired):
- From the Donald Knuth:
- From Anne Foerst:
- Why Robots Are Scary — And Cool (2005)
- Commander Data: A Candidate for Harvard Divinity School? (2000)
- The God and Computers Project (1997-1999) at MIT.
- The Great Experimenter by James Morse, from the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation (1997)
- Computers and the Information Revolution by Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries (1997)
- Parables for Modern Academia (1996), by Loren and Debra Haarsma.
- The Assumptions of Computing (1994), by Jim Huggins of Kettering University.
- An Essay on Orthodox Faith and Programming (undated) from the Free Orthodox Software website.
- Ethics in Computer Science (undated), by J. Barry DeRoos of Messiah College.
- Computer Science and Christianity, a page of resources by Gene Chase of Messiah College.
- Christian Computing Magazine, a magazine that explores how computing technology can enhance ministry.
Less Serious Links
- Umberto Eco’s Mac is Caltholic, DOS is Protestant Essay (1994)
- Joel Adams’ Response to Eco’s Essay (1994)
- Thomas Scoville’s article Martin Luther, meet Linus Torvalds (Nov 12, 1998)
- The C Bible
- In the Beginning…
- Ten Commandments of DOS
- If God were a Programmer
- If Religions Were Programming Languages
- The Twelve Bugs of Christmas
- How The Internet Came To Be
- The Y2K Psalm (undated, anonymous).
- Eugene Wallingford’s Parable of the OO Programmer (2012).