Book Giveway: The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society by Murray Jardine

1587430703One the most influential books on my thinking about society, culture, and technology has been Auburn professor Murray Jardine’s 2004 work entitled:

The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society: How Christianity Can Save Modernity from Itself

The book is now out of print, but I have an unmarked copy, so if you’d like it, please leave a comment below (an RSS feed add would be great too, but of course not required). I’ll choose a random person in a week or so.

(also, please note that there is a point being made in this post)

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John Dyer

In my day job, I work at Dallas Theological Seminary, and at night I write Bible software for countries whose leaders could be called "overlords." This one time, I wrote a book about technology and Christian faith. You can find out more about what I'm up to at

47 thoughts on “Book Giveway: The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society by Murray Jardine”

  1. So I”m the first one to leave a comment! Are “real life” barred from this giveaway?? :)

    By the way – I looked up the word “relevant” in the dictionary and your site came up!

  2. Went to Amazon and checked it out. Sounds very interesting. If I don’t ‘win’ the book, I think I will look elsewhere to find it. Technology has definitely influenced how I find what’s “out there.” Thanks!

  3. I wish you h ad done this three weeks ago. Took me forever to track this book down. I got my own copy so if you pick my name give it to someone else. For those looking for it on Amazon, you will have through one of their resellers. Amazon told me that none of their suppliers carry it anymore since it is out of print.


  4. I’ve been fascinated with Neil Postman’s work in the past couple of months and am glad that there are Christians seriously interacting with his material. I’d love a copy of this book!

  5. I’m married with 6 children, teaching advanced mathematics at an urban, impoverished, public high school, and am a part-time seminarian. As influential as anything I’ve read in the last 10 years is Neil Postman’s analysis of technology, society, culture, and their intersections and influences. His exposition of the ecological nature of technology coroborates much of David Wells work on modernization and the ways in which it secularizes society. Anyone who can add to such discussion is worth the attention.

    Too few Christians appear/sound willing to tackle the issue of “media ecology” for fear of calling into question almost everything we do in ministry, whether personal or corporate. It’s a sign that we understand why we do what we do too little, and the more we can learn from those gifted in such analysis, the less naive and the more deliberate and intentional the church may become.

    Thanks for your generous offer, and the willingness to spread what you’ve found of help.

  6. Would love to benefit from that book. Christians in SA need to think through these issues as we are about to have another technological boom again with the 2010 Soccer World cup.

    But even without the world cup most of the students I work with do not understand the role and the influence technology plays on their lives and way of life

  7. I just finished Postman’s Amusing Ourselves To Death a couple days ago and loved it. I’ve been trying to wrestle with those ideas as they pertain to the Church. I’m going to read this book regardless, but a free copy is better than a paid one… :)

    Came across your site via Justin Taylor’s blog. I’m adding your feed. Thanks for bestcommentaries as well. Great sites!

  8. The book looks great! I’ll throw my hat in the ring…And like many of the other folks here have said, Postman is great.

  9. Looks good, would love to read it.

    This is my first time reading your blog and it looks great. Just added it to my blog reader.


  10. Crown College student, pastor and all around sponge of any material. I would be happy to receive your book.

  11. I have read Murray Jardine’s book and this is a very insightful book. My favorite author on the topic is Jacques Ellul. I am always looking for someone who can continue the legacy of Ellul and this book gives me hope. I recently read “Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a Technological Society” (New Social Formations) by Richard Stivers and thought that was most excellent also. I just started reading Stiver’s “Technology as Magic”. What else have you folks found out there that is worth reading?

  12. I studied under Jardine at Auburn and was asked to assit with research for one of his new books he’s writing.. This guy is briliant

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