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AI, artificial intelligence, theology, christianity, anthropological identity, genesis, creation, incarnation, pentecost


Can AI be a person? What does God tell us about humanity and personhood? These are questions of theological anthropology and involve inquiring after the nature of humanity as God’s creation and what God wills for human personhood.

To address these inquiries, we will look at three biblical texts that bear on issues of theological anthropology, hopefully garnering some theological resources to consider the anthropological status of AI. Specifically, we will look at three “creation” texts that necessarily deal with the nature of human personhood within the divine economy of salvation history. The first is Genesis 1 and 2, which recount the origin of humanity within God’s creative action. The second is the Prologue of the Gospel of John, which speaks of the incarnation as the will of God in the world, revealing and reconciling the nature of personhood. The third is Pentecost, which speaks of the divine reign of God in the redemption of humanity and the rest of creation. In each section, I will look at the text with an eye toward drawing out theological themes that will help in our inquiry concerning both the nature of personhood and the nature of AI.

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