NY Times Says Robot Marriage Becoming Mainstream; Pastor Believes Church Partly to Blame by B. Showalter

NY Times Says Robot Marriage Becoming Mainstream; Pastor Believes Church Partly to Blame by B. Showalter

(Link): NY Times Says Robot Marriage Becoming Mainstream; Pastor Believes Church Partly to Blame

Excerpts:

The nation’s most prominent newspaper is asserting marriage to robots is becoming mainstream, as is what is now called “digisexuality.”

In a Saturday New York Times article — titled “Do you take this robot…” with the subtitle “Today we fall in love through our phones. Maybe your phone itself could be just as satisfying?” — the newspaper noted that artificial intelligence-driven sex robots are becoming more mainstream.

In an age of sexting and dating apps like Tinder, it is fair to ask whether everyone might be a “closet digisexual,” the article said.

“The idea that flesh-and-blood humans may actually forge fulfilling emotional, or even sexual, relationships with digital devices is no longer confined to dystopian science fiction movies,” the newspaper declared on its Twitter feed.

Interviewed in the piece was Neil McArthur, an associate professor who specializes in philosophy and sexuality at the University of Manitoba, who notes that alarmism always precedes every advance in cybersex but such things eventually become normalized.

“It happened first with porn, then with Internet dating, then with Snapchat sexting. One by one these technologies come along and there’s this wave of panic. But as people start to use these technologies, they become part of our lives,” he told the newspaper.

…When it comes to marriage, Christian pastors are culpable for these types of issues, like Mr. Kondo’s [Kondo married a hologram], taking place in culture, Benek [Benek, a Presbyterian pastor and CEO of a science and tech ministry called CoCreators] went on to say.

….”Many pastors largely minimize pre-marital counseling or forgo it altogether using their ecclesiastical status as simply an agent of the state and not as a representative of the love and care of God in Christian community. When I served as a pastor at a church located in a destination location, I knew many pastors that would simply marry tourists to make a few extra bucks.”

“Personally, I feel like such behavior, done without proper care, doesn’t honor the institution of marriage or Christ.”

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