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REGENT UNIVERSITY

My Journey into the Future
A Personal Essay
Foresight 2005 Conference - September
Dr. Todd M. Johnson
Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Hamilton, MA
From September 22-24, 2005, the School of Leadership Studies hosted Dr.
Todd Johnson on campus at Regent University, for the third annual futures conference for Christian leaders. This essay by Johnson was circulated to participants beforehand. We encourage you to join us next year for our annual Foresight conference, as we hear from top futurists from the both the
U.S. and around the world.
Todd M. Johnson, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for the Study of Global
Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA.
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In my later teenage years I followed reruns of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. All of my favorite episodes involved time travel and the future.
When I later moved into books my favorite science fiction author was Isaac Asimov. I encountered his delightful future in the Galactic Empire novels (I have read them all including several tributes to the Foundation series written after Asimov died). I particularly appreciated the interaction between humans and technology, as in the three laws of robotics. But my imagination was captured by the concept of psychohistory, the science of directing the course of large numbers of individual decisions for a positive future. I also enjoyed Gordon
Dickson’s Childe Cycle series. Of particular note is The Final Encyclopedia, where all of human knowledge was http://www.regent.edu/acad/sls/publications/conference_proceedings/foresight/2005/pdf/toddjohnson_essay.pdf 2 My Journey into the Future - Johnson gathered into a library orbiting the earth. Another author I enjoyed was Arthur C. Clarke. I read 2001: a Space
Odyssey shortly after being mesmerized by Kubrick’s film as an 11 year old. Clarke was one of the most imaginative but firmly grounded futurists writing fiction and non-fiction. In keeping with my early interest in time travel I enjoyed Poul Anderson’s Time Patrol series. It made perfect sense to me that if people

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