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Dreaming of Eden

American Religion and Politics in a Wired World

  • Authors
  • Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction Taking a Big Byte out of a Wired World

    1. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 1-15
  3. Dreaming of Eden

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 19-34
    3. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 35-53
  4. The Danger of Innocence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 57-77
    3. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 79-94
    4. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 95-114
  5. A Better Story

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 117-137
    3. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 139-157
    4. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 159-176
    5. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 177-197
  6. A Better Story

    1. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
      Pages 199-220
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-228

About this book

Introduction

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were tempted to take a bite out of an apple that promised them the "knowledge of good and evil." Today, a shiny apple with a bite out of it is the symbol of Apple Computers. The age of the Internet has speeded up human knowledge, and it also provides even more temptation to know more than may be good for us. Americans have been right at the forefront of the digital revolution, and we have felt its unsettling effects in both our religions and our politics. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite argues that we long to return to the innocence of the Garden of Eden and not be faced with countless digital choices. But returning to the innocence of Eden is dangerous in this modern age and, instead, we can become wiser about the wired world.

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