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COVID-19 Emergency: An Opportunity

Posted 13 March 2020

“The life unexamined is not worth living,” said Socrates.

The effects of COVID-19, or future variants thereof, are not be treated lightly.

The virus is set to impact many lives and must be fought and overcome. However, paralysing panic will not generate the solutions we need.

Sometimes, in the face of great challenges, we lose our individual and collective capacity for perspective. We start to see relatively trivial aspects of the problem as huge and very important things as insignificant.

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30 March 2020

Bitterness, if left unchecked in our hearts, is a very dangerous thing. It can do great damage to us on a physical level. You're a whole being, not a collection of separate parts that make up a machine. Your emotions affect your physical condition. Bitterness increases the stress on our bodies and sometimes contributes to mild conditions such as headaches and muscle tension.... Click for more

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Can Robots Replace Pastors?

Will AI Make Church Leaders Redundant?

In May 2017, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, German technologists introduced a robotic priest. They christened it BLESS U-2.

It was a very rudimentary entry into the burgeoning field of robotics: you pushed a button and received a spoken blessing. The designers’ goal, however, was much loftier than their creation suggested.

They wanted to spark a debate on whether machines might one day replace pastors and priests.

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Many vocal protestors against austerity policies are Christians from the left of politics. Should religion and politics mix in this way? How do people from the conservative side of politics view austerity measures?

On a Sunday when up to 80,000 people are expected to march through Manchester, calling for an end to cuts, social futurist Mal Fletcher discussed these issues with BBC Manchester's Mike Shaft.


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