It took me a couple of months, reading off and on, to get thru this book. It does not qualify as “light” reading material.
Kurzweil is a very smart dude, especially when it comes to applied technology. I’ve known about him for some time, because of his work in speech recognition.
However, the premise of this book is his prediction that by 2026, scientists & engineers will develop the technical capability to duplicate the human mind artificially. He describes how this “project” is developing, and writes extensively about how the human mind works. He even explores the ethical or moral issues of whether we will view this artificial intelligence as sentient or conscious.
I don’t know Kurzweil’s religious beliefs, if any. Clearly, he seems to be a true evolutionist, showing no evidence of any belief of God’s participation in the creation of human kind.
To me, his book raises to another level, the question of what is it about human beings that separates us from animals. Now, I don’t mean this in the obvious ways. Of course, I believe man has a soul, which is something animals do not have. But I also acknowledge our brains likely work much the same way the brain of other animals works. So, what accounts for the difference. And how is that difference explained?
Now, I’m reading another book: The Righteous Mind (by Jonathan Haidt). It has similar implications.
I’m still working on how I can explain both this question and my response.
Have you ever noticed, being a disciple of Jesus is inconvenient?
As a Jesus disciple, our focus is ideally, and continually, on others, seeking to do what is best for them. Figuring out what is best for others takes time and thought. Then actually doing it, may be even more difficult — either in terms of time or effort.
But all of that is inconvenient — but then, it’s not about us, is it?
The point of Christianity is not the perfection with which we live our lives, but rather, the forgiveness, which masks our imperfections.
But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable / Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)
For Jesus’ believers, this post by Seth Godin raises and interesting question. Worth your consideration
This is a great post. Please read it now: Five Bible Verses You need to Stop Misusing
The reality is that, for most people, that’s not a very exciting invitation. (I struggled a little with what adjective to put in front of invitation).
The reason, in my view, is the connotation surrounding “church.” Many theological people are typically quick to point out that the “church” is truly made up of Christians. And I acknowledge that fact.
However, also true is that the word, church, comes from the German word, kirche, which refers to the cathedral, not the people. And in everyday usage, church more often refers to the building or facility, than to the people who gather there. It also often refers to the organization more often than to a generic gathering of people.
So, when you say, “come to church with me”, what does your audience really hear?
It seems to me most likely they are hearing you invite them to an organizational meeting, which you hope they will join.
Perhaps we would be better off, if we invited people to “come worship with me.”