Lessons from the Demaray Tower on the Transformative Power of Technology

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May 2019


From my office I have a direct view of the Demaray Hall Memorial Tower. I only have to glance up from my desk to see its south panel. For years I found this view of time helpful, but I didn’t pay much attention to the panel itself. I knew that the panels, designed by former art professor Ernst F. Schwidder, represented the Trinity in connection with the arts and sciences (read more about the panels here). Recently, I began to think about the technological images clustered under images for Jesus Christ. I realized that, as my work as an administrator, teacher, and scholar has become increasingly focused on technology, I have been looking at a visual representation of a rich and hopeful theology of technology on this tower.