Thermoplastic vs. Kindness

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(This post first appeared at Theological Matters)

My truck this morning is carrying a large box filled with countless pieces of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, commonly known as Legos. Yes, every Lego my four children own—and I do mean every little brick, special piece, and Lego people part—is in a large box encompassing half the back seat of my truck. Wow, we have a lot of Legos! My retirement fund is secured not in gold bricks but in Lego bricks.

I confiscated all the Legos this morning after the children were arguing at DEFCON 1 over a particular Lego piece. They were not embodying the derivation of the word Lego, namely “play well.”[1] Altercations have periodically been going on over several weeks, each time a different piece of thermoplastic the focus of the argument. So, I informed the children that the Legos were going into “time out” until they have a chance to reflect on Ephesians 4:32, “be kind to one another.” We are not going to sacrifice brotherly love for a piece of plastic. Continue reading

Modern Day Molech

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This post is a rendition of a previous post published at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

With the release of an undercover video this week, the world learned, I hope, that a modern day Molech exists. Molech, as described in the Old Testament of the Bible, was an Ammonite god who required propitiatory child sacrifice. A couple sacrificed their firstborn by burning the child on a metal idol of Molech, believing that Molech would ensure financial prosperity for the family and future children. The Israelites were strictly forbidden to practice this form of worship (Leviticus 18:21, 20:2-5; 2 Kings 223:10; and Jeremiah 32:35) as it is in stark contradiction to the sanctity of life espoused throughout the Bible. Today’s Molech is the abortion industry, sacrificing babies for the idol of financial greed, veiled in the hopes of the development of new cures through biomedical research. Continue reading

Imago Homo vs. Imago Dei

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The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) last week reminded me of the world’s increased fascination and intentional pursuit with developing humanoid robots. The term “humanoid robot” may bring up images of Rosie from The Jetsons, Hal from 2001:A Space Odyssey, Data from Star Trek, or the cyborgs from the Terminator franchise. Without a doubt we are talking about something more than a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner.

Advances in computers, better machine-computer interfaces, advances in nanotechnology, increased complexity of artificial intelligence technology, and development of new materials have led to a race to see who can develop the most life-like humanoid robot in both form and function. DARPA continues to announce Grand Challenges in robotics, hosting Continue reading