From the Vault: Techno-Religion, Part 1


A rare and important 17th-century Safavid brass world map from Isfahan which employs a sophisticated non-polar projection based on 9th century Islamic mathematics to preserve direction and distance to Mecca at the center. © Christie's Images/Corbis

We often think of technology and religion as distinct and separate worlds, but what happens when they converge? Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick in this two-part episode as they examine religious world views shaped by technology, such as John Murray Spear’s electrical messiah, the simple prayer wheel and the psycho-spiritual technologies of Scientology. (Originally published Jun 9, 2015)

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Topics in this Podcast: technology, religion