What Would Jesus Hack? The Maker Movement, Maker Spaces, and Theological Libraries

A session at 2014 American Theological Library Association Annual Conference

  • John Weaver
  • Megan May
  • Amelia Carnagey

Saturday 21st June, 2014

9:15am to 10:15am (CST)

One of the crucial tasks facing the contemporary Christian church and individual Christians is the relationship between theology and technology, that is, between Christian understandings of faith and understandings of technology. Can we put the words "God" and "technology" together in any kind of meaningful sentence, let alone a meaningful way of life? One emerging and potentially compelling approach to this question is the potential relationship between Christianity and the contemporary "hacker" or "maker" movement, which is a contemporary subculture focused on technology-based approaches to "do-it-yourself" collaboration, fabrication, and distribution of creative projects. With due attention to critiques of this approach, the paper will explore the metaphor of God as "hacker," or "maker," as well as the potential similarities between Christian beliefs/practices and those of many hackers/makers, e.g., commitment to principled practices of creation, alteration, and openness. This theological understanding of the "maker movement" will provide a basis for exploring the role of the theological library as a "maker space."

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John Weaver
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Megan May

Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Abilene Christian University

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Amelia Carnagey

Undergraduate Student, Department of Art and Design, Abilene Christian University;

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Time 9:15am10:15am CST

Date Sat 21st June 2014

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