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Friday, 2 May 2014

BDH on technology

4 comments:

  1. So in Brethren terminology 'Never' means in the next few years! What does that make 'an eternity in hell'? About the length of a Tuesday meeting for pathetic ministry? Risible doesn't even come close to describing this 'Divinely Accredited Minister of the Lord in the Recovery's' words. Whether it's the outbreak of World War Three, the Rapture, the escape of Brethren from Marlow, East Germany, or the winning greyhound at Walthamstow, I'm sorry but these 'Great Men' haven't got
    a chuffin' clue.

    They'd all be better off reading Whitaker's Almanack.

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  2. I find the dishonesty mind boggling. From condemning technology to selling it at exorbitant prices a few years later.

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  3. The best thing 'these great men' could thing of to prophetically warn the flock about was the "proliferation of fax machines" ?!? FFS, what a bunch of idiot power-mongering tyrants the poor Brethren have been in thrall to over the years. The blind leading the blind.

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  4. Brethren leaders’ hostility to electronic devices seems to have been driven independently by two separate forces: primitive superstition and the desire to control the spread of information.

    Jim Symington started it all when computers were only for computing and word processing, not for communication. His ban on computers had nothing to do with the Internet or communication. Maybe he just didn’t know how to use the things and resented the fact that this made him look incompetent.

    But that was not the reason he gave: he spun a web of superstition, saying that the Man of Sin would use computers to control the world, and suggesting there was something sinister and evil in machines that could think. In fact, he didn’t really approve of people who could think. Barcode readers were obviously associated with the mark of the Beast, and even electronic car ignition systems came under suspicion.

    But Fax machines were for communication, and soon computers became the main method of communication. Scanners, digital cameras and mobile phones all added to freedom of communication, so they were denounced too. All totalitarian regimes try to control communication, because free communication makes it very difficult for the leaders to deceive their subjects. The subjects can too easily get access to alternative views and can too easily find out about their leaders’ misdeeds. For instance, if the Internet had been in place in 1970 Jim Taylor would never have been able to hold on to power. Instead of 95 per cent of Scottish Brethren withdrawing from him, it would probably have been 95 per cent of all Brethren.

    Freedom of expression, freedom of information and freedom of communication are essential safeguards against tyranny. They facilitate a culture of transparency and accountability in which no tyrant can survive.

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