Half-Hearted by Jeremy Lott

Half-Hearted

Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age
by Quentin J. Schultze
Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2002
(256 pages; $24.99, hardcover)

reviewed by Jeremy Lott

Quentin Schultze’s new book is blurbed by Mark Noll, Richard Mouw, Lewis Smedes, and Eugene Peterson, among several others. The foreword is penned by essayist and philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain. Judging by the quotes, these writers all see this book as a trustworthy guide to help readers better understand our hyper-connected future. And they’re all wrong.

Which isn’t to say that Schultze is wrong about everything. This “polemic” (Elshtain’s word) gets many details correct, and its restraint in not calling for a new anti-technological Dark Age—as several former geek titans of . . .