Science in Christian Perspective
Eliminate the Tube
Graduate Student, Architecture
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242
From: JASA 34 (June1982): 128
The Journal ASA, September 1980 issue contained a book review of Jerry Mandet's Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. Having since read this book, I must write a few comments that the reviewer failed to make.
Jerry Mander's book is important because it is an attempt to
show that all technological development is not acceptable, and that
in fact some technology should be eliminated. While David A.
Kloosterman of The Upjohn Co. has difficulty accepting Mander's
arguments, I do not. Kloosterman wrote of Mander,
"Jerry Mander gerrymanders his research so as to include any and all data which support his preconceived notions and exclude all data which do not. Towards anti-television data he is completely without skepticism: science, pseudo-science, pop-psychology, science-fiction, Eastern mysticism, Indian religious beliefs, and personal experiences all are equally acceptable as data sources insofar as they coincide with his ideas."
While Mander gives Christianity a bad rap, it is only because Christianity's perspective on biology, chemistry and physics has been overwhelmed by a nature/grace dualism. If he was shown what the Bible says about stewardship, he might very well give his profession of faith. The point is, Mander attempts to provide a broad argument against television because all of his empirical data and his religious presuppositions tell him it is wrong. As a Christian, my presuppositions also tell me that we should also call for the elimination of the Tube. It is time that we see that the command of the Bible to "love" has political, economic and technological ramifications. We must recognize that God's command to "have no other gods before me" also includes science. We must be conformed to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29), not the sun.