Since the early days of the Internet, there hasn’t been a new technology drawing so much buzz and concern as artificial intelligence. This month, with the help of theologian Ted Peters, we take a closer look at what is at stake as he outlines how our view of AI may color our view of God.

It is of course a timely discussion as more of our daily activities are intersecting with AI perhaps with or without our knowledge. The use of computer intelligence is growing, as is our reliance on it to make daily activities easier.

Peters though rightly looks at the broad implications from transhumanism to our view of what salvation is. More of these insights can be found in a journal edited this year by Peters.

In this month’s, news section we learn of a new event focused on climate change sponsored by AAAS’ DoSER program as well as the extension of a popular summer academy for high school students interested in how faith and science fit together.

This is our last issue for the year, but in February we return with a special section looking at evolution as many congregations prepare for the Clergy Letter Project’s Evolution Weekend. Let us know if you have plans to celebrate in your church!

Susan Barreto, Editor

Susan Barreto
Susan Barreto

Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

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