Technology is a vehicle, not a cause.

We, in our generation, live under a measure of threat seldom equaled in history.

Scientific technology moves at unbelievable speed with frightening momentum. Thoughtful persons are tempted to join the chorus of those who predict that moral values may perish from the earth.

The implications of this are sweeping. It would seem that those most concerned for the maintenance and incarnation of such qualities as love, compassion, honor, honesty, and justice may despair for the future. Such loss of Christian ideals would leave a sinful world in the morass of selfish lawlessness.

Those moral foundations we have assumed to be the permanent underlay of civilization appear to be eroded by forces seemingly both unpredictable and irresistible. This shaking of the spiritual underpinnings of society cannot leave the confidence of sensitive Christians unaffected.

It is significant that this erosion of the historical sources of moral reliance and religious hope has occurred with quickened tempo in an era of unparalleled technological achievement. Norman Cousins, in his volume Modern Man Is Obsolete, articulated the fears of many a generation ago: that the seemingly limitless and unrestrained effect of technology has signaled a loss of mankind’s struggle for values in competition with this technological advance. He noted that time is no longer on the side of the quest for spiritual resources to meet the new challenges presented by technology’s release of new forces. Some today frankly state that the standards and norms by which civilization has been maintained are doomed to eclipse and perhaps to a limbo with other lost causes.

Few will deny that technological discoveries have caught mankind unawares. ...

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