Dreaming of Eden: American religion and politics in a wired world

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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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Thistlethwaite, S. B. (2010). Dreaming of Eden: American religion and politics in a wired world. Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World (pp. 1–228). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230113473

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