Hi, I’m John Charles Dickey Dyer. My day job is the director of web development at Dallas Theological Seminary. I also had the priviledge of studying theology there and earned my Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree in 2008. I also make some websites like www.bestcommentaries.com and www.biblewebapp.com.
I live in the Dallas area with my amazing wife who is a university professor of literature and philosophy and my beautiful little boy Benjamin.
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.
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.”