Jobs the Prophet? No Lamentations

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Today’s (Saturday October 8, 2011) weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal feature an essay by Andy Crouch, editor of Christianity Today who follow-up on an earlier essay in his magazine “The Gospel of Steve Jobs” published last January. Mr. Crouch, writes:

“Steve Jobs was extraordinary in countless ways—as a designer, an innovator, a (demanding and occasionally ruthless) leader. But his most singular quality was his ability to articulate a perfectly secular form of hope. Nothing exemplifies that ability more than Apple’s early logo, which slapped a rainbow on the very archetype of human fallenness and failure—the bitten fruit—and turned it into a sign of promise and progress.

“That bitten apple was just one of Steve Jobs’s many touches of genius, capturing the promise of technology in a single glance. The philosopher Albert Borgmann has observed that technology promises to relieve us of the burden of being merely human, of being finite creatures in a harsh and unyielding world. The biblical story of the Fall pronounced a curse upon human work—”cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.” All technology implicitly promises to reverse the curse, easing the burden of creaturely existence.”

Mr. Crouch’s essay can be found at here or in the print edition in the Review section. His Christianity Today essay link is at  this which has a link to YouTube’s video of Jobs’s Stanford University graduation address.

No lamentations.

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