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Pope Says: Worship God, Not Technology – Do We Need A Saviour? December 25, 2006

Posted by Dan in Main, Must Read, News, Politics, Religion, Science, Technology.

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“Does a ‘Saviour’ still have any value and meaning for the men and women of the third millennium?” he asked of his global audience. A great question, considering all that technology has does for us. Is it possible tech is our saviour?

“Is a ‘Saviour’ still needed by a humanity which has reached the moon and Mars and is prepared to conquer the universe; for a humanity which knows no limits in its pursuit of nature’s secrets and which has succeeded even in deciphering the marvelous codes of the human genome?”

“Is a Saviour needed by a humanity which has invented interactive communication, which navigates in the virtual ocean of the Internet and, thanks to the most advanced modern communications technologies, has now made the Earth, our great common home, a global village?”

The Pope, marking the second Christmas season of his pontificate, said that while 21st century man appeared to be a master of his own destiny, “perhaps he needs a saviour all the more” because much of humanity still suffered.

“People continue to die of hunger and thirst, disease and poverty, in this age of plenty and of unbridled consumerism,” he said from the central balcony of Christendom’s largest church.

“Some people remain enslaved, exploited and stripped of their dignity; others are victims of racial and religious hatred, hampered by intolerance and discrimination, and by political interference and physical or moral coercion with regard to the free profession of their faith,” he said.

“Others see their own bodies and those of their dear ones, particularly their children, maimed by weaponry, by terrorism and by all sorts of violence, at a time when everyone invokes and acclaims progress, solidarity and peace for all,” he said.

In his address, the Pope also made a reference to the controversial case of Piergiorgio Welby, a paralyzed Italian man who was denied a Catholic service because he had asked to die.

“What are we to think of those who choose death in the belief that they are celebrating life?” he said.

Welby, an advocate of euthanasia, died on Wednesday after a doctor gave him sedatives and detached a respirator that had kept the victim of advanced muscular dystrophy alive for years.

So…. what do you think? Do we need a saviour in the 21st century? Is it possible that technology is the very saviour we seek? Or is that just worshiping tech instead of God? If technology can save us from disease, famine, and poverty, doesn’t that make it a saviour?

For More: Pope: Worship God not technology – CNN.com



1. jonk14 - December 26, 2006

I feel that a saviour provides us with more than the capabilities of ridding us of disease, famine, and poverty. A saviour is a source of faith, which technology cannot provide for us. Instead, as much as technology increases, it is also going to increase the chances that we as the human race obliterate ourselves.

What is our species specific good? Cheetahs can run fast, that is their good in nature, the ability to catch their prey and outrun competition. Are we supposed to eventually allow technology to annihilate ourselves? By having a saviour, we vest our faith and beliefs that are inherently instilled in us, to believe in a Higher Being, that will save us from ourselves.

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