Deus in machina : religion, technology, and the things in by Jeremy Stolow

By Jeremy Stolow

The essays during this quantity discover how domain names of human adventure and action--religion and technology--are implicated in one another. opposite to common sense understandings of either faith (as an "otherworldly" orientation) and know-how (as the identify for instruments, innovations, and specialist knowledges orientated to "this" world), the members to this quantity problem the grounds on which this department has been erected within the first place.

What varieties of issues come to gentle whilst one permits faith and know-how to mingle freely? as a way to resolution that question, Deus in Machina embarks upon an interdisciplinary voyage throughout diversified traditions and contexts the place faith and expertise meet: from the layout of clocks in medieval Christian Europe, to the therapeutic strength of prayer in premodern Buddhist Japan, to 19th-century Spiritualist units for speaking with the lifeless, to Islamic debates approximately kidney dialysis in modern Egypt, to the paintings of incapacity activists utilizing documentary movie to
reimagine Jewish kinship, to the illustration of Haitian Vodou on the web, between different case studies.

Combining wealthy old and ethnographic aspect with prolonged theoretical mirrored image, Deus in Machina outlines new instructions for the learn of faith and/as know-how that would resonate around the human sciences, together with non secular reports, technological know-how and know-how reports, conversation reports, background, anthropology, and philosophy

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1 The results will put into question the epistemological discontinuity supposedly separating Pythagorean cosmology from the electrotechnical and 43 44 Wolfgang Ernst technomathematical media age and religious timing from time-based media processes based on differential oscillations, as observed by Huygens, Mersenne, Leibniz, and others. The oscillating mechanical clock rests on principles of musical harmonics and mathematics, insight into which was first triggered by the ancient Greek notion of cosmic order.

Nevertheless, the ensuing eleven chapters have been grouped under three broad rubrics that are intended to highlight some particularly resonant questions and issues and to suggest some new lines of critical interrogation that might emerge from the juxtaposition of discrete case studies. The first part, “Equipment,” explores a range of instruments, tools, and devices that mediate between religious subjectivity and the cosmos in order to pose the question: What is religious—or not religious—about the equipment we humans use to organize space and time, to store and transmit knowledge, or to supplement our natural mnemonic, sensory, and perceptual faculties?

In European history bells are the key historic acoustic media connected with towers. Bells are key proclaimers of the Christian calendar of Easter, Christmas, and other holidays. They are major timekeepers and dayshapers. 25 Similar practices took place earlier and elsewhere in Europe. One of the main functions of bells is mobilizing bodies into assembly—either soldiers to battle or Christian soldiers to church. Indeed, Longfellow’s phrase “the belfries of all Christendom” has sound comparative religious footing.

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