By S. Thistlethwaite
Within the backyard of Eden, Adam and Eve have been tempted to take a chew out of an apple that promised them the "knowledge of excellent and evil." this present day, a sparkly apple with a chew out of it's the image of Apple pcs. The age of the web has accelerated human wisdom, and it additionally presents much more temptation to grasp greater than could be stable for us. americans were correct on the leading edge of the electronic revolution, and we've got felt its unsettling results in either our religions and our politics. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite argues that we lengthy to come back to the innocence of the backyard of Eden and never be confronted with numerous electronic offerings. yet returning to the innocence of Eden is risky during this glossy age and, in its place, we will develop into wiser concerning the stressed out international.
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Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World by S. Thistlethwaite