It’s been my experience that a lot of people who work in the IT and general technology sector are atheists. For example, The Register seems to adopt a fairly passive anti-religious tone in its articles (and a lot of the commenters follow suit, except they are usually less passive).
In technological circles particularly, bashing religion seems to be de rigeur. However, I’ve come across a lot of Christian people – some in fairly influential positions – who work in the field of IT and Computer Science. It is my contention that there are actually just as many Christians in IT as there are in other disciplines.
Here are a few people I’ve found. Some of them you may have heard of, some of them I’ve just sort of stumbled upon because I’ve been searching for something computer-related and browsed through the rest of their website, only to find out they were Christian!
- Jon Skeet. You have probably never heard of him, but he’s a bit of a legend over at Stack Overflow.
- Larry Wall. The creator of a language called Perl, you may have heard of it…
- Simon Cozens – speaking of Perl, Simon used to run perl.com and has written several books on Perl.
- Donald Knuth. This guy is the godfather of algorithms, his seminal “The Art of Computer Programming” is a classic, and he is respected by many programmers the world over.
I have found many such examples when searching the internet for help on computer-related problems, or browsing the biographies of famous programming people. Just goes to show, God loves everyone – even computer scientists!
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Great post, and you can add me to the list! BTW, check out http://LinuxForChristians.org
Cool, thanks for that 🙂
Just thought of another one – Gervase Markham, who works for Mozilla.
You can add Guy Steele to your list. He attends our church, Grace Chapel, in Lexington, MA. saw him and his wife were there this morning, in fact!