A Christian Field Guide to Technology for Engineers and Designers

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  • Author(s):
    • Schuurman
    • Vanderleest
    • Brue
  • Published: April 5, 2022
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Page count: 232
  • ISBN: 978-1-5140-0100-4

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Our technology shapes the way we live, interact, work, play, and even worship.

Technology and its power are both old and new—as is the wisdom we need to envision, design, build, and use it well. For Christians passionate about developing technology, it's not always clear how their faith and work intersect. How can designing and using technology actually be a way of loving God and our neighbors?

Veteran engineers and teachers Ethan Brue, Derek Schuurman, and Steve VanderLeest provide a field guide for fellow explorers working with technology. Using numerous case studies, historical examples, and personal stories, they explore issues such as:

  • biblical themes and passages that relate to technology
  • the ethics and norms involved in technology design
  • how engineering and technology tap into human dreams for a better world

Along the way they acknowledge the challenges arising from technology but also point to the wonderful possibilities it offers us and its ability to contribute to the common good.

For Christians studying and working in engineering, computer science, technical design, architecture, and related fields, this book is packed with wisdom and practical guidance. By sharing what they have learned, the authors encourage readers to ask harder questions, aspire to more noble purposes, and live a life consistent with their faith as they engage with technology.

Watch a video presentation by Derek Schuurman and Steven Vanderleest about A Christian Field Guide:


"I believe that Christians are called to make the world a better place. Engineers and designers have a unique opportunity to pursue that calling. A Christian Field Guide to Technology for Engineers and Designers provides a helpful framework to experience appropriate pride in pursuing the meaningful field of engineering and design while also acknowledging the humility associated with human limitations."

- Jason Andringa, president and CEO, Vermeer Corporation


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