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Second, this work will give a theological evaluation of some of the intellectual opportunities and moral concerns that these new technologies bring.
Without going so far as to say that computers and the Internet are neutral tools with equal potential for good and bad, (3) this work will argue that computer technology brings both great intellectual opportunities and potential for harm and evil.
A study by the Barna Research Group, revealed that "Born again Christians have the same rate of adoption of modern technology as do adults who are not born again." (10) This assertion holds true in the area of home computers.
Barna's research indicated that two-thirds of professing born again Christians owned a personal computer, fifty-six percent owned a desktop computer, sixteen percent owned a laptop/notebook PC, and seven percent owned a palmtop computer.
In his article, "Christian Scholarship and The Philosophical Analysis of Cyberspace Technologies," Douglas Groothuis points out that the recent explosion of cyberspace technologies into modern culture has raised some important issues and questions for Christian scholars who want to bring a Christian perspective to computer-mediated forms of communication.
Second, the Internet has opened up new means of instant communication with the advent of email and chat rooms.Some have expressed concern that the popularity of the Internet will cause many people of faith to participate more in online church than in a physical church.