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Ecospirituality and the Blurred Boundaries of Humans, Animals, and Machines

Glen A. Mazis

in Ecospirit

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227457
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227457.003.0007

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Ecospirituality and the Blurred Boundaries of Humans, Animals,               and Machines

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This chapter argues that to make a simple division between humans and machines in regard to their sacrality is unwarranted, and overlooks new dimensions in machines' evolution—that it misunderstands dimensions of our relationship to what we build, and fails to fathom that the overlap among human, animal, and machine has a spiritual significance potentially as expansive and liberating as has been the earlier inclusion of animals and the biosphere in sacrality. Discussion of any one of these three modes of being requires the inclusion of the other two in order to facilitate an understanding of their mutual participation in a spirituality that embraces the depths of meaning in materiality.

Keywords: humans; machines; animals; ecospirituality; materiality; ecological theology

Chapter.  12714 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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