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What Has God Wrought? Artificial Intelligence and Our Brave New World

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1440. 1844. 1991. 2022. These years mark technological developments so seismic that they forever changed history: the movable type printing press, the telegraph that declared “What Hath God Wrought?,” the introduction of the internet, and now user-friendly artificial intelligence. On November 30, 2022, ChatGPT went live, and in just a short time this AI chatbot had over 100 millions users. But where did this technology come from, what will it do to our perception of what is true, good, and beautiful? How will it affect our very humanity, as well as our view of deity? Truly—what has God wrought? This month we take a critical look at this world-transforming invention and how Christians should think about its place in God’s World.

Whatever Comes, Get Wisdom: AI, the Future, and Our Chief End

By Owen Anderson • Concise Article • May 3
Is AI good or bad? Like any tool it depends on how you use it. And for us to know how we should use it, we must first understand our chief end.

A Christian’s Perspective on Artificial Intelligence

By Dustin Ryan • Longform Essay • May 6
Artificial Intelligence is changing the world we live in. In fact, you likely use AI every day already. What does this new technology mean for Christians?

3.22 Dustin Ryan • Reading • “A Christian’s Perspective on Artificial Intelligence”

By Dustin Ryan • Podcast Reading • May 6
Artificial Intelligence is changing the world we live in. In fact, you likely use AI every day already. What does this new technology mean for Christians?

Viral “AI Demon” Says More about Ourselves Than Anything Else

By Hannah Tu • Concise Article • May 8
Our art reflects our worldview, and this is just as true for AI generated images as it is for any other art form.

Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Personality

By Jared Bridges • Concise Article • May 9
As AI continues to develop and mimic more and more aspects of human personality, we must remember all the more what is real.

An Excerpt from Jeremy Peckham’s Masters or Slaves? AI and the Future of Humanity

By Jeremy Peckham • Concise Article • May 13
While technology is a tool that can be used for either good or bad, that does not mean that technology is neutral in its effect on people.

3.23 Dustin Ryan, David Schrock, Stephen Wellum • Interview • “A Christian’s Perspective on Artificial Intelligence”

By Dustin Ryan, David Schrock, Stephen Wellum • Podcast Interview • May 13
Listen in as Dustin Ryan joins David Schrock and Stephen Wellum to discuss his longform essay "A Christian's Perspective on Artificial Intelligence."

The Dangers of Artificial Intelligence to Theology: A Comprehensive Analysis

By Aidan Isaacs • Concise Article • May 14
What dangers exist at the intersection of artificial intelligence and theology? We've asked someone on the inside.

The Tower of Babel and the Ideology of AI

By Daniel Cochrane • Concise Article • May 15
What can we learn from Babel regarding technology in the modern world?

Can I Upload My Consciousness into the Body of a Dog?: Thinking Biblically About AI-Enhanced Human Futures

By Anton Brown • Concise Article • May 17
Does the biblical storyline speak to the possibility of merging one's consciousness with another body? What has Christianity to do with transhumanism and AI?

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Tool, Image Bearer, or Temptation?

By Mike Kirby and Matt Emadi • Longform Essay • May 20
What is the historical background of AI, and how should we use this technology today?

3.24 Mike Kirby and Matthew Emadi • Reading • “Artificial Intelligence (AI): Tool, Image Bearer, or Temptation?”

By Mike Kirby and Matthew Emadi • Podcast Interview • May 20
What is the historical background of AI, and how should we use this technology today?

Why AI Pornography Is Far More Dangerous than Yesterday’s Porn

By Jacob Valk • Concise Article • May 22
While AI pornography may not portray real people, it is no less sinful and destructive. In fact, it poses even greater danger.

Use AI For the Sake of Good Work

By Thomas Dodds • Concise Article • May 27
When used rightly, AI is a powerful tool in the service of human craftsmanship. Yet, the use of AI poses dangers as well. It takes wisdom to wield this tool well.

3.25 Mike Kirby, David Schrock, Stephen Wellum • Interview • “Artificial Intelligence (AI): Tool, Image Bearer, or Temptation?”

By Mike Kirby, David Schrock, Stephen Wellum • Podcast Interview • May 28
Listen in as Mike Kirby joins David Schrock and Stephen Wellum to discuss the longform essay "Artificial Intelligence (AI): Tool, Image Bearer, Or Temptation?" which he co-authored with Matthew Emadi.

AI as Theological Babel Fish

By David Attebury • Concise Article • May 29
The writings of many godly men remain inaccessible to most in the church today, hidden behind a language barrier. AI is beginning to change that.

“Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste”: AI, Statism, and the Threats to Free Speech

By John Avery • Concise Article • May 30
President Ronald Reagan famously quipped that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." When it comes to regulating AI, we should heed this warning.

3.26 Jeremy Peckham, Daniel Cochrane, David Schrock • Interview • “Masters or Slaves: AI and the Future of Humanity”

By Jeremy Peckham, Daniel Cochrane, David Schrock • Podcast Interview • May 30
Listen in as the author of Masters or Slaves: AI and the Future of Humanity, Jeremy Peckham, and Daniel Cochrane join David Schrock for a biblical discussion on AI.

Imitating Christ in an Age of AI

By Jeremy Peckham • Concise Article • May 31
AI is not merely a passive tool in our hands. It shapes us, for better or for worse.

May Intermission: From Artificial Intelligence to the Real Need for Great Books

By David Schrock • Concise Article • June 3
Having spent the past month examining the current landscape of AI, let us be refreshed with the sea breezes of old books blowing through our minds.

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