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Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a Digital Age


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1 The Rapid Advance and Proliferation of Digital Technologies 2 Theological Narratives of Hope and Apprehension 3 Human Nature and Technological Enhancement 4 Maintaining Our Attentional Control 5 Elevating Contemplative-Meditational Practice 6 A Mindfulness-Informed Framework and Approach

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Kirk A. Bingaman is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Fordham University.


How do I overcome my FOMO? My Fear of Missing Out when drowning in the flood of social media, texting, robotics, and artificial intelligence? Kirk Bingaman answers: pause to meditate, contemplate, and rewire the brain. This is soul-saving advice! -- Ted Peters, co-editor of Theology and Science
Bingaman compellingly argues for contemplative spiritual practices as a primary strategy for evolving with the digital age-spiritually, cognitively, and communally. He argues convincingly that contemplative practices in a digital age will preserve and extend what is most precious about our humanity-our capacity for attentional depth that fosters relational and compassionate awareness. Religious leaders and spiritual caregivers have distinctive resources in their traditions' contemplative spiritual practices for helping themselves and the people in their care experience spiritual wholeness rather than fragmentation in the digital age. -- Carrie Doehring, Iliff School of Theology
Kirk Bingaman has written an important book because technology is here to stay. Computer technology extends nature into new forms of information and we have yet to understand the impact of informational flow on our spiritual lives. How do we prioritize our lives in a techno-driven age? How do we prevent brain fatigue and information burn-out when we are completely dependent on our devices? Bingaman shows that pastoral care must now include techno-spiritual care and he offers sound advice based on the wisdom of the past: slow down, focus and be attentive to the inner presence of God. This book opens a novel window on caring for the technological person and offers valuable insights that can help to navigate spirituality in the 21st century. -- Ilia Delio, OSF, Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology, Villanova University

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