Announcing FaithTech Institute’s Writing Contest

Technology is Making a World from the World God has Made

FaithTech
FaithTech
Jun 30 · 5 min read

We’re excited to announce FaithTech Institute’s first ever writing contest! We aim to spark innovation and integration between faith and technology, and to amplify voices we need to hear and ideas we need to talk about.

Prizes

This year’s contest winners will win . . .

Your essay published in FaithTech Institute

A $25 Amazon gift card

A one-year digital subscription to MIT Technology Review or WIRED magazine

FaithTech’s Full Stack of Reading, including . . .

Three people will win. Ten runners-up will be published and win a one-year WIRED subscription.

What if my submission isn’t a winner or runner-up? Good question! We might still publish it! All submissions will be considered for publication on FaithTech Institute. In submitting your piece, you agree to have your essay considered by FaithTech’s editors for future publication.


Why a Writing Contest?

Wherever we find humans, we find technology — from making fire and inventing language to discovering electricity, texting, and TikTok. Indeed, from shovels to skyscrapers, civilization is a world of human-made objects.

Technology is what we make of the world, and it’s making something of us.

We know technology has the capacity for immense good but have also seen it do immense harm. How do we harness technology for our grandest visions while guarding against our sinful hearts?

As Christians, thinking about technology is no small endeavor. What does God have to do with light bulbs and smart speakers? Yet, wherever we find humans, we find the image of God. Indeed, everywhere you find Christianity, you find technology — from printed books to ornate cathedrals, from bread and wine to altars and big screens. The connections between faith and technology are endless.

We are both image-bearers and technology makers.

So what are we to make of our technology? And what is it making of us? We want your help exploring the world technology is making from the world God has made. We call it bridging the gap between faith and technology. And we believe it’s essential.

What are you exploring and discovering in the world of faith and technology?

We created this contest to give you a platform to share your insights with more people. We know you’re thinking deeply about it. These prizes should give you that extra little push!

Get writing! We can’t wait to hear from you!


What to Include

  • A well-researched or responsibly-reported piece

Winning entries will effectively bridge the gap between faith and technology. That’s FaithTech’s mission. For readers of your essay, your writing will spark innovation and integration between faith and technology.

What to Write About

Below are five themes you can write on! We’ve offered sample questions to spark your imagination. As long as your essay fits a theme, feel free to explore a question you’re passionate about!

1. Ways Technology is Shifting Culture

  • How has social media contributed to the rise of celebrity pastors?

2. Ethical Challenges Created by Emerging Technology

  • Can Christians use self-driving cars if they prevent accidents, save lives, and decide which kinds of people should die in a crash?

3. Ways Technology is Affecting Relationships

  • How does texting shape what friends do and don’t talk about, both in-person and apart?

4. Technology and Ministry

  • What new technology is serving God’s Kingdom, and what benefits and risks does it present?

5. Intersection of Technology and Theology

  • How is transhumanism changing how we define the image of God in each person?

Submissions: When, How, and What

Please send each entry as a separate email.

  1. DEADLINE: Email to adam@faithtech.com by August 31, 2020.

The Details

  • All submissions should be between 700–1800 words, must honor FaithTech’s core values, and should be tailored to FaithTech’s mission: Bridging the gap between faith and technology.

Submit Your Essay Here!

Email your essay to adam@faithtech.com. Please use the subject line: “FaithTech Writing Contest — [Your First and Last Name]”


Spread the Word!

Promote this contest on your social media or blog! Use the graphic below or contact adam@faithtech.com for more info.

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Learn more about FaithTech at faithtech.com.

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Exploring the world of faith and the world of technology. Can these two worlds co-exist? Or are they the same world? Do they cooperate or conflict? It’s uncharted territory. Chart it with us.

FaithTech

Written by

FaithTech

FaithTech Institute

Exploring the world of faith and the world of technology. Can these two worlds co-exist? Or are they the same world? Do they cooperate or conflict? It’s uncharted territory. Chart it with us.

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