Billy Graham on the Limits of Technology
By Jeff Goins, Editor
In 1998, Billy Graham delivered this fascinating and compelling TED Talk about technology and faith.
This is not the first technological revolution, Graham says. Technology has helped and aided humanity in many ways, but it will never be able to solve some of humanity’s greatest moral dilemmas: particularly, the problems of human evil, suffering, and death.
That wars and poverty rage on in a world where the most advanced technology exists is a painful reminder of the limits of technology and human achievement. Moreover, Rev. Graham notes, we are all going to die.
The length of our lives may be extended by technology, but we will still eventually meet the grave. “The moment when it is terrible to feel regret is when one is dying,” he quotes Solzhenitsyn.
Listening to this talk for me was, admittedly, a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect Billy Graham to be so deep and intellectual. I know have a much better understanding and appreciation for why he is on the world’s most sought-after speakers (not just as a preacher, either). Graham’s delivery in the Ted Talk is both powerful and compelling.
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Jeff graduated from Illinois College, a small liberal arts school, with a degree in Spanish and Religion. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Ashley. He works for Adventures in Missions, edits this silly little magazine, and loves to do new things. Check out his blog: Pilgrimage of the Heart.