I love the question posed by this story, and yet…what comes out of this guy’s mouth is the stupidest thing I’ve heard in a long time. Seriously? You think it’s your duty to convince a computer to believe in Jesus? I’ve heard of hardcore witnessing, but this is a bit much. What if Jesus came back and you presented him with all these religious computers? I think his reaction would be something like “Um…thanks, but what the hell am I supposed to do with these?” No, I think the world has more than enough religious robots, thank you.
On the other hand…I’d love to watch someone try to convert an AI to believe in a magical supreme being. It would be fascinating to see how the AI would react.
“I don’t see Christ’s redemption limited to human beings,” Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek told me in a recent interview. Benek is an Associate Pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Florida and holds masters degrees in divinity and theology from Princeton University. “It’s redemption to all of creation, even AI,” he said. “If AI is autonomous, then we should encourage it to participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes in the world.”