Digital Theology: Is the Resurrection Virtual?

In Morgan Luck (ed.), Philosophical Explorations of New and Alternative Religious Movements. Ashgate. pp. 133 - 152 (2012)
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Many recent writers have developed a rich system of theological concepts inspired by computers. This is digital theology. Digital theology shares many elements of its eschatology with Christian post-millenarianism. It promises a utopian perfection via technological progress. Modifying Christian soteriology, digital theology makes reference to four types of immortality. I look critically at each type. The first involves transferring our minds from our natural bodies to superior computerized bodies. The second and third types involve bringing into being a previously living person, or person who has never existed, within an artificial digital environment. The fourth involves promotion of our lives into some higher level computational reality.

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Eric Steinhart
William Paterson University of New Jersey


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