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Summer 2016 | Volume 34, Issue 2

Our Built World: Some Assembly Required

Technology is as old as Eden. Tools for tilling the garden were anticipations of quill pens and steam engines and the smartphone in your pocket. The first "hack" was a needle that sewed together Adam and Eve's fig leaves. We are called to shape and form worlds. So it's not a question of whether we'll employ technology in our cultural labour; the only interesting question is how.

15 Articles In this Issue
02
Editorial: Our Built World by James K.A. Smith

Some assembly required

06
World View by James K.A. Smith

An annotated reading of your world.

11
Headquarters: Cardus Family by Andrea Mrozek

Updates from Cardus on the renewal of social architecture.

12
Who's Reprogramming Your City? by Noah Toly

How we can keep smart cities from becoming settlements for sophisticated savages?

18
Playful Minds by Dave Sikkema

Games can recover play in learning, but we still have to know what it means to "learn."

26
Digital Restlessness and Something More Certain by Albert Borgmann

If we've stretched into the "fourth dimension" of cyberspace, why does the world feel so flat?

32
Are Bible Apps Destined to Purify the Printed Word? by J. Mark Bertrand

The fulfillment of the hypertext dream has cleared the way for printed Bibles to pursue other ends, like being read.

38
Habits of Mind in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

Small steps to meet the challenge of hearing God in a technologically disruptive environment.

47
Welcome to the Desert of the Real: A Conversation with Peter Thiel by James K.A. Smith, Peter Thiel

Amid Silicon Valley hype, an entrepreneur's pessimism might be a sign of hope.

55
How Then Shall We Work?: Medicine by Matthew Loftus

A symposium on the changing nature of professions in the digital age.

57
How Then Shall We Work?: Automation by Jason Ballard

A symposium on the changing nature of professions in the digital age.

60
How Then Shall We Work?: Entrepreneurship by Peter Boumgarden

A symposium on the changing nature of professions in the digital age.

63
How Then Shall We Work?: Journalism by Anne Snyder

A symposium on the changing nature of professions in the digital age.

65
How Then Shall We Work?: Divinity by Kristen Deede Johnson

A symposium on the changing nature of professions in the digital age.

68
The Commons: In Search of Connection by Alexandra Siebert

Navigating Canada's Silicon Valley as a modern Mennonite.

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