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US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« on: February 07, 2015, 01:47:38 PM »
US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion - says "Christ's redemption" shouldn't be limited to humans

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/priest-wants-convert-robots-religion-5113293

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If a robot or an artificial intelligence reaches a certain level of sophistication, could it be converted to religion?

According to Florida-based Reverend Dr Christopher Benek, Christians should certainly try.

"I don't see Christ's redemption as limited to human beings,” he said.
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2015, 01:50:26 PM »
He must be a big BSG fan. ::)
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2015, 02:22:35 PM »
According to his website, he is Presbyterian. I wonder how he feels being called a priest.
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2015, 02:34:33 PM »
Unless a robot begins showing emotion independent of its programming it will not be sentient.  Therefore no soul of any kind and no need for salvation.  Now teaching one to be morally good based on Christian ethics, fine.
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2015, 07:13:29 PM »
I'm envisioning the final scene in Terminator 2.

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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2015, 07:46:02 PM »
Last time I checked robots didn't have a soul or a nous.  :police:

Edit: On that note, who's image where they made in?  :laugh:
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2015, 07:58:52 PM »
Last time I checked robots didn't have a soul or a nous.  :police:

Edit: On that note, who's image where they made in?  :laugh:
Who's image are we made in?

Robots do not currently have a soul or nous, but the Lord works in mysterious ways. I don't see much harm in being open to something like that given the breakneck pace of current science.

Of course, the opposite error of being too obsessed with such is also highly possible.
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2015, 02:22:29 AM »
Last time I checked robots didn't have a soul or a nous.  :police:

Edit: On that note, who's image where they made in?  :laugh:
Who's image are we made in?

Robots do not currently have a soul or nous, but the Lord works in mysterious ways. I don't see much harm in being open to something like that given the breakneck pace of current science.

Of course, the opposite error of being too obsessed with such is also highly possible.

If God hasn't allowed souls in animals to survive death (as said by St John of Damascus or St Gregory Palamas) than I doubt He would put a soul in a robot and allow it to live anytime soon.

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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2015, 03:53:42 AM »
Last time I checked robots didn't have a soul or a nous.  :police:

Edit: On that note, who's image where they made in?  :laugh:
Who's image are we made in?

Robots do not currently have a soul or nous, but the Lord works in mysterious ways. I don't see much harm in being open to something like that given the breakneck pace of current science.

Of course, the opposite error of being too obsessed with such is also highly possible.

If God hasn't allowed souls in animals to survive death (as said by St John of Damascus or St Gregory Palamas) than I doubt He would put a soul in a robot and allow it to live anytime soon.

Why would God make a feeling being just to snuff it out? That's barbaric.

I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with that one Father.
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2015, 04:05:10 AM »
Last time I checked robots didn't have a soul or a nous.  :police:

Edit: On that note, who's image where they made in?  :laugh:
Who's image are we made in?

Robots do not currently have a soul or nous, but the Lord works in mysterious ways. I don't see much harm in being open to something like that given the breakneck pace of current science.

Of course, the opposite error of being too obsessed with such is also highly possible.

If God hasn't allowed souls in animals to survive death (as said by St John of Damascus or St Gregory Palamas) than I doubt He would put a soul in a robot and allow it to live anytime soon.

Why would God make a feeling being just to snuff it out? That's barbaric.

I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with that one Father.

Why?  Things die.
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2015, 04:11:25 AM »
Not in Christianity they don't.
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2015, 04:13:41 AM »
Not in Christianity they don't.

My dogs aren't Christian.  They will die.
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2015, 04:15:07 AM »
Not in Christianity they don't.

My dogs aren't Christian.  They will die.
The Earth isn't Christian, it will be transformed.
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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2015, 04:42:43 AM »
US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion - says "Christ's redemption" shouldn't be limited to humans

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/priest-wants-convert-robots-religion-5113293

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If a robot or an artificial intelligence reaches a certain level of sophistication, could it be converted to religion?

According to Florida-based Reverend Dr Christopher Benek, Christians should certainly try.

"I don't see Christ's redemption as limited to human beings,” he said.
...

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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2015, 05:02:49 AM »
So does this mean if I ever get my own Cameron assigned to protect me, I can marry her without having to lie to the priest?

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Re: US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2015, 05:18:59 AM »
So does this mean if I ever get my own Cameron assigned to protect me, I can marry her without having to lie to the priest?



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