Artificial intelligence and deconstruction are topics receiving a lot of attention in a variety of Christian circles but rarely in the same place. Dr. Michael J. Svigel, department chair and professor of theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, creatively brings the two together in his latest novella, The AItheist. He joined Dr. Keith Plummer to discuss this book about an apparently sentient computer system upon which much of the world depends that becomes obsessed with the idea that the Christian faith is true. Its obsession with religious matters leads its creator to call on a former seminary professor who renounced his faith, to consult with the AI in hopes of dissuading it of its conclusion. The result is a series of thought-provoking and moving exchanges about the nature of faith, unbelief, and being human.
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