Religious Studies | Technology, Mammon, & Religion
R202 | 4601 | Hart


This is a course which raises the question of whether technological
progress is true progress in every respect.  We face the issue in the
ancient question regarding the compatibility of God and Mammon as well
as ancient preoccupation with usury as a sin. In many ways the use of
money as capital presents us with a paradigm for understanding
technology and raising questions about it. Besides ethical and
philosophical questions we also will benefit from questions raised
from religious perspectives, i.e., those of aborigines, especially
Native Americans, and Anabaptists, especially the Amish.  Of course,
the basic question is "the good life" and to what extent or whether
technology is essential to it.