A few years ago a technology consultant told a group of seminary deans and presidents that computer-based information technology is like a fast-moving train. “It doesn’t matter whether you are in first class or third class, but it is essential that you get on the train.” One of the deans commented, “Now I know what it feels like to be a ticketless hobo riding the rods.”
Theological schools, most of them somewhat strapped for resources, are struggling with the challenges and potentials of the new technologies. Like Moses, they are peering into a land that promises to provide milk and honey but also may hold some dangerous giants. The new technologies have great potential for enhancing the education of pastors, transmitting the gospel and creating Christian wisdom in the new information age. But significant challenges and dangers lie ahead.