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Summary: Faith today faces a challenge in the modern culture of technology, which in turn is also an obstacle to contemplative life.

“Faith today faces a challenge in the modern culture of technology, which in turn is also an obstacle to contemplative life. The problem is not technology in itself, but a certain poverty of spiritual intelligence resulting from a predominate exercise of the mind. The drive for efficiency and practical advantage can become the primary quest of intelligence. But this habit of mind closes the human soul to the more elusive and invisible realm of God and his revelation....[Digital devices that enable] this narrow search for practical benefit suffocates a deeper hunger of the human soul....The challenge to faith many not be primarily from an aggressive rejection of God. In a culture of technology the question of God can be simply ignored as lacking practical purpose, a wasteful glance at fanciful vapors.”—page 41

Contemplative Provocations: Brief, concentrated observations on aspects of a life with God by the Rev. Donald Haggerty, Ignatius Press, 2013.

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