How may Christians better understand the dangers and opportunities offered by the Internet? This excellent resource, written by an expert in the field, explains and illustrates what the technologies are and guides readers to draw on biblical principles (such as self-control and accountability) to help them to apply these to the dangers at hand. It also encourages believers to make the best use of opportunities that arise from judicious use of the World Wide Web.
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- Publisher: Day One Publications
- ISBN: 978-1-84625-340-9
- Pages: 112
- Price: 5.00
You, Your Family and the Internet—What Every Christian in the Digital Age Ought to Know
108 pages, £5.00
Star Rating: 4
David Clark has spent over 30 years working with computer technologies and at least that long as a Christian leader. He has written a readable and practical Internet guide for believers.
He sees the social and economic changes brought about by the Internet as comparable to that of the Industrial Revolution (pp. 17-18). This is remarkable, given that most people have only used the Internet for about ten years (p. 27). Just like most other important inventions the Internet comes loaded with potential for good and evil.
Most of the author’s book warns of the dangers accompanying the Internet, such as addiction, pornography, gambling, gaming and personal information being shared to the detriment of the user.
The author notes that the most successful technology tends to cater to our self-centredness (pp. 22, 33-34), something which deserves careful consideration by every Christian. Mr Clark, however, does more than warn of these dangers; at the end of most chapters, he offers practical principles and advice to protect ourselves.
Dangers aside, the Internet is a marvellous tool for good. Abundant information on any topic can be found at incredible speed. Communication, even across continents, is virtually unlimited and opportunities for the spread of the gospel and sound biblical teaching have never been better. The author closes his book with a challenge to make the best of such opportunities.
At a little over 100 pages, this is an excellent primer to better understand and use the Internet.