Hi, I’m John Charles Dickey Dyer. My day job is the Director of Communications and Educational Technology at Dallas Theological Seminary. I also had the privilege of studying theology there and earned my Master of Theology (ThM) degree in 2008, and am currently working on a PhD at Durham University.
I also make some websites like www.bestcommentaries.com and www.biblewebapp.com and other open source tools used by WordPress, Microsoft, Apple, the Department of Defense, Harley-Davidson, Anheuser Busch, and others.
I live in the Dallas area with my amazing wife who is a literature and philosophy professor and my two beautiful children, one boy and one girl.
About this Site
After working in the field of technology and studying theology for several years, I have begun to think that technology may not be all it is seems. On the one hand it expresses the power and beauty of our God-given creativity, but on the other hand it showcases the corruption and decay of our Adam-given sin. Neil Postman, Marshall McLuhan, Murray Jardine, Jaques Ellul, Martin Heidegger, and others have heavily influenced my thinking and I hope to simplify their long, complex thoughts into short digestible blog posts that might be helpful to the community of faith. Since reading them, I have come to appreciate modern sociologists of technology and media studies scholars who have so much to offer in the real world in which we find ourselves.
The title Don’t Eat the Fruit is meant to be a play on “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid” from the Jim Jones cult, a certain amazing computer company, and the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. In the garden and Jones’ cult, the consumers thought that what they were consuming was harmless, and they didn’t know the full effects of what they were doing. Today, we are told by our screens that everything new, fast, and shiny will make our lives better. I suggest that we need to think more deeply about the tools we use. In other words, “Don’t eat the fruit.”