EP084: Christopher Benek, Virtual Reality, and Moving Beyond Church Buildings
The Church Digital Podcast
What does the future hold for Virtual Reality?... for Artificial Intelligence? Talk to the business world and they're chomping at the bit to take advantage of disruptions like these. But what of the church world? As a general rule, we're more skeptical of these innovations. Is the skepticism warranted? Or are we missing an opportunity? This is where Christopher Benek comes in. As Lead Pastor at First Presbyterian Miami, he understands the value of our buildings. A Historical Landmark in the heart of Downtown Miami (located right on Biscayne Bay), First Pres' is one of the highest valued church properties in all of Miami. But is the property effective in making disciples tomorrow? Today? This is where the conversation takes us. Christopher waxes theoretic a bit, and tells us about some of the new developments coming out of the ChVRch+ platform, and how churches of today need to prepare for tomorrow's challenges. COMPLETE SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT THECHURCH.DIGITAL.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thechurchdigital/message
In the 34th episode of NEOHUMAN, Agah is chatting with Reverend Christopher Benek. Christopher is a techno-theologian, futurist, ethicist, Christian Transhumanist, Public Speaker, writer, a pastor of Family Ministries and Mission at First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and a co-founder of the Christian Transhumanist Association. They talk about wide range of subjects, including technology, religion, Transhumanism, Techno-Theology, ethics and morality, the importance of religious reformation, philosophy, modern Christianity, and immortality. Links: Christopher Benek: www.christopherbenek.com Christian Transhumanist Association: www.christiantranshumanism.org Florida Pastor Plans to Convert Robots to Christianity: www.ibtimes.co.uk/florida-reverend-christopher-benek-wants-convert-artificial-intelligence-christianity-1486912 God in the Machine: My Strange Journey Into Transhumanism: www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/18/god-in-the-machine-my-strange-journey-into-transhumanism When Religion Enters Virtual Reality: www.virtualrealitysummit.com/news/when-religion-enters-virtual-reality/41871 Ethical Issues in Artificial Intelligence: www.nickbostrom.com/ethics/ai.html The post 34: Christopher Benek appeared first on LIVE IN LIMBO.
Ep 27: Christopher Benek—Presbyterian, Pastor, Transhumanist
The Christian Transhumanist Podcast
Is it possible to be a Presbyterian and a Transhumanist? Rev. Christopher Benek, pastor of a large Presbyterian church, and graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, says yes! Join us as we discuss how AI will participate in God's redemption, how humans are God's technology, and the surprising connection between Ray Kurzweil and NT Wright. Is it possible to be Reformed & Transhumanist? How does that work? How the pastor of a large Presbyterian church became a transhumanist Are humans God's technology? Why A.I. will participate in God's redemption Alternative Intelligence vs Artificial Intelligence How technology will end the abortion debate How the church can address technological unemployment, i.e., when robots take our jobs Ron Cole-Turner Bigger Stronger Faster by Chris Bell Are steroids bad? How Tiger Woods & LASIK eye surgery change the debate over human enhancement Two perspectives Hell in a handbasket Participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes. Ray Kurzweil, Transcendent Man Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope by NT Wright (essential reading for Christian Transhumanists) Stewardship of Tech Taking away people’s cars Care-taking creation Creation is technology Christian Transhumanist Association