Biblical Ethics in the Digital Age
Five fortnightly Tuesday sessions: 26 Apr, 10 and 24 May, 7 and 21 June
7.30-9.00 pm, online (via Zoom)
Cost: £125 for five session course
(£100 for current Crosslands students, tutors, alumni or study group / learning site leaders)
The world we live in is not just full of technological marvels – it is built on a technological worldview. How should Christians and local churches respond to a world dominated by technology? How can we live well for Jesus when technological innovations constantly bring new ethical challenges? In this course we’ll be thinking deeply about the roots and fruit of our technological world, and constructing a biblical-theological framework to help Christians form an ethical and pastoral response to technology. The course will provide participants with:
- An overview and critique of classical approaches to ethics;
- An introduction to biblical-theological ethical thinking;
- A historical and philosophical survey of the rise of the technological worldview;
- A framework for applying biblical-theological ethics to technology;
- A particular application of that framework – with pastoral implications – to the particular challenge of digital technology
As well as working through personal and professional applications, participants will also be equipped to help others to explore how to approach technology with a biblical perspective.
This course is for church leaders wishing to pastor their churches in the specific area of use of technology, for professionals whose work demands an appreciation of the ethics and impacts of technology, and for engaged disciples who want to thoughtfully consider how their own use of technology can help them flourish and bring glory to Jesus. The course may be suitable for inclusion in annual CPD hours for some professionals (a completion certificate can be issued for this purpose).
Course dates and times: The course will consist of five fortnightly sessions, starting Tues 26 Apr. Each session will run from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. Please note there will be some reading and assignment work to be completed between sessions.
Taught by: Nathan Weston
Nathan is married to Sîan and they have three children; Ben, Isaac, and Hannah. Nathan and Sian both grew up in Blackpool and were members of Moorlands Church for around 5 years before moving to London for Nathan to train at Oak Hill Theological College. After finishing studies in 2013, they returned to Lancaster for Nathan to take up the position of Associate Pastor.
In his spare time Nathan enjoys highly dangerous extreme sports, such as birdwatching, reading, doing crosswords and listening to Test Match Special.