Stretchy Flesh: Theological Anthropology for Digital Humans

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Tuesday 4 December
Room 201, St Alphege Building, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

A talk by Dr Karen O’Donnell from the University of Durham, as part of the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy's Research Seminar Series.

What does it mean to be human in the digital age? What are the limits of our flesh when it comes to machines, the internet, and digital technology? Why do these questions matter to a theologian? In this paper, I propose a stretchy flesh that is porous; this flesh enters into the digital space and is, in turn, penetrated by technology and the internet. Given the significance of flesh (sarx) in Christian literature, I explore the implications of this stretchy fleshly constructive theology for Christian doctrine and practice.

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