Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of “Wired” magazine was interviewed by Christianity Today.   One question caught my attention.  I assumed that the guy who founded a magazine on tech stuff would have a smart phone and every other tech gadget you could think of… turns out he doesn’t.  In fact he does without many to of the tech junk that most of use everyday!  Why not?  You might be surprised at his answer…

Q.  You spend a chapter on the Amish, and mention that you were part of a hippie movement that stressed paring down on material goods. In The Next Christians, Gabe Lyons writes that you don’t have a smart phone or TV, you ride your bike everywhere, you’ve only tweeted three times. Are your choices inconsistent with your belief that technological invention is so good?

A.  Technology can maximize our special combination of gifts, but there are so many technological choices that I could spend all my time just trying out technologies. So I minimize my technological choices in order to maximize my output. The Amish (and the hippies) are really good at minimizing technologies. That’s what I am trying to do as well. I seek to find those technologies that assist me in my mission to express love and reflect God in the world, and then disregard the rest.

But at the same time, I want to maximize the pool of technologies that people can choose from, so that they can find those tools that maximize their options and minimize the rest.


And I laughed out loud when I read this…

Q.  Do your peers know you are a Christian?

A.  Yes, it’s on Wikipedia, so it must be true.


Ok.  Heres what I want to know:

1.  Generally speaking, does your tech stuff (phone, computer, TV, iPod, iPad etc.) enhance your ability to connect with God or do you find it is more often a distraction from what God wants you to focus on (family, work, being with and serving others, etc.)?

2.  Do your peers know your a Christian?  Because you told them or do the see Jesus in your actions?  (or is listed on your bio on Wikipedia?)


The full interview can be found here:


Wired – but no Smart Phone?

One thought on “Wired – but no Smart Phone?

  • July 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Interesting post Noah, i find it funny that the guy running one of the biggest tech magazines would have had a smart phone as well. I find that if I don’t have my iPhone on me i feel like i am always forgetting something.

    Here are my answers to your questions:

    1) I think technology is a great tool, but when it begins to distract us from God i think it is time for a fast from electronics… I know in my life I love hanging out with my wife, family and friends and my iPhone helps me to do that by reminding me of events i had planned a week earlier. So i find technology like iPhones, when used in moderation, do help me to get closer to God and how he designed us to live.

    2) I think people know that i am a Christian, I try to voice my opinions and where i stand on issues when I am asked so I can represent, in a positive light, what Christian values look like.
    I have also told people the reason why I take sides on issues is because i am a Christian as well…


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