Risk-Reducing Technologies Increase Risk-Taking

The Pope and a Harvard scientist make an interesting argument that AIDS is increasing in Africa precisely because of condom distribution. Their thesis is that when people use condoms, a risk-reducing technology, they tend to ‘compensate’ and take greater risks than they might take without the technology. While the scientist might only be concerned with numbers, the Pope is making the argument that sometimes technology hinders spiritual formation and has rather devestating effects.

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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 http://j.hn/.