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Inspiratio Presents Christopher Check

Categories: Lower School, Preschool, Special Events, Upper School
2/25/2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: McDonough Hall
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A Conversation on "Liberation from eSlavery"
“Science” and “technology” are words that go hand-in-hand and are even mistaken for synonyms. True science is simply inquiry. Technology—as authors from Orwell and Huxley to Lewis and Bradbury have argued—is about control. Some technologies are intrinsically evil: the end for which they were designed is wicked. The contraceptive pill is one example.

Other technologies, while not intrinsically evil, can produce bad effects when wrongly used—for example, mirrors. Countless other examples can be found in the myriads of gadgets and systems that comprise the world of modern communication technology.

We have at our disposal today more devices and systems with which to communicate information than ever in history. Computers and iPhones, Internet, email, and texting, to say nothing of so-called social media: all promise greater efficiency and freedom. But do they deliver? Or do these devices and systems enslave us?

Far from strengthening human relationships, they render them more abstract and distant. They separate us from reality and make the truth harder to uncover. • They dissolve tradition, memory, and history. Worst of all, they serve as obstacles to our relationship with the Divine.

The English philosopher and poet, G.K. Chesterton, saw this danger in his own day, and sounded the warning years ago. His insights can help us navigate our own age’s “information superhighway” and find silence amidst the “enervating din” of modern communication technology.

About Christopher Check
Christopher Check is the president of Catholic Answers, one of the nation's largest lay-run apostolates of Catholic apologetics and evangelization. Christopher served as a captain in the Marine Corps and is the former vice-president of the Rockford Institute.

About Inspiratio
Inspiratio is HSP's parent education series, designed to provide parents with educational opportunities relevant to navigating the complexities of raising happy, faith-filled kids in the modern world.


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