The church today is standing before a technological landscape like it has never faced before. Technology, medicine, and science are accelerating at an unprecedented pace. Like Cortez, Lewis and Clark, Columbus, and countless other explorers we must face the uncharted technological wilderness that lies before us in the years and decades ahead.
Many times the church procrastinates in addressing these types of topics and situations, and ends up responding too late in the game in a fashion of scramble and play catch-up.
In this landscape of rapid technological innovation and transformation, the church cannot afford to be unprepared to survive in this unmarked territory.
We must begin to address and explore these topics today before the technological and scientific whirlwind blows the church off its already shaky foundation in the culture it so desires to reach.
We are quickly fading as a viable source of influence and our delay in discussing these issues before they arise obscures our place even more. The church is one generation away from no longer being relevant or having any influence in these fields of study, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Science and faith do not have to be mutually exclusive, but can actually work together. In order for this to happen the church must pre-emptively address issues like these, instead of its often delayed and delinquent response.
As we are standing on the threshold of this new and uncharted territory, I will join the few scholars that actually are addressing these issues. This is by no means an exhaustive list of topics the church should be discussing and addressing, but it is definitely a start.
10 Topics The Church Should Be Discussing
- Gene Editing (Genetic Manipulation)
- Artificial Intelligence – AI
- Whole Brain Emulation – downloading a persons brain into a computer
- Robotics and Relationships with Robots
- Cyborgs and Trans-humanism
- Virtual Reality
- Augmented Reality
- Microchip Implants
How do these affect our theology? Where do we stand on them? How do we interact when a robot asks a question about God? When does a person stop being a person; how many trans-human implants can they have? How do we teach children of future generations to avoid pornographic interactions that hold no consequences within augmented reality?
These are all the types of questions (and more) that I will be exploring throughout my dissertation studies.
Stay tuned as you will be on the front lines of receiving the effects of my studies in this realm, as well as the effects of my studies and semiotics and other future studies.