Cognitive Vulnerability, Artificial Intelligence, and the Image of God in Humans

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Recent progress in artificial intelligence (AI) opens up the possibility that one day machines could do anything that a human being can do, raising thus serious questions regarding human distinctiveness. For theological anthropology, the prospect of human-level AI brings a fresh opportunity to clarify the definition of the image of God. Comparing human and artificial intelligence leads to replacing the Aristotelian-like interpretation of the image of God as rationality with a relational model. Instead of regarding our cognitive biases as vulnerabilities, they should be seen as instrumental in bringing about our unique type of intelligence, one marked by relationality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-40
JournalJournal of Disability & Religion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • imago Dei
  • artificial intelligence
  • Cognitive biases
  • relationality
  • human distinctiveness

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