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God and the Chip

Religion and the Culture of Technology

By William A. Stahl
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Paperback : 9780889203211, 194 pages, March 1999
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554587933, 194 pages, August 2009
Ebook (PDF) : 9780889205994, 194 pages, January 2006

Table of contents

Table of Contents for God and the Chip: Religion and the Culture of Technology by William A. Stahl
Part I: A Critique of the Technological Mysticism
Chapter 1: Technological Mysticism
Chapter 2: Prophets of the Third Age
Chapter 3: The Masculine Machine
Chapter 4: Venerating the Black Box
Chapter 5: Faust’s Bargain
Part II: Redemptive Technology
Chapter 6: Two Philosophers and a Metallurgist
Chapter 7: Technology in the Good Society


Our ancestors saw the material world as alive, and they often personified nature. Today we claim to be realists. But in reality we are not paying attention to the symbols and myths hidden in technology. Beneath much of our talk about computers and the Internet, claims William A. Stahl, is an unacknowledged mysticism, an implicit religion. By not acknowledging this mysticism, we have become critically short of ethical and intellectual resources with which to understand and confront changes brought on by technology.


  • Winner, Winner of the 1999 Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing 1999


God and the Chip: Religion and Culture of Technology by William A. Stahl... uncovers the implicit religion of the computer and technology in a fascinating, interdisciplinary analysis. Stimulating for group and individual study.

- Janet Silman, The United Church Observer

We live in a technological society....the machine and the culture of technology are part of our daily lives. But do we have to worship them?

- from the author's introduction