Some ethicists argue sexbots will improve our lives by ending prostitution and sex trafficking, and by fulfilling human needs. The Christian Post spoke with three Christians who have written on topics related sex and human relationships and technology to get their take on the issue.
The technology required to make a sexbot, or a robot designed for sexual relations with a human, is quickly becoming available, and some companies are already working toward that goal.
First, robotics companies are already working toward designing robots that can move like humans and respond to humans with facial expressions. Second, there are several companies that make "sex dolls." Unlike robots, sex dolls cannot move on their own, but these companies continue to advance their goal of making products that look and feel as lifelike as possible. And third, artificial intelligence will allow computers to interact with humans by making their own choices and learning from experience. more >>
The Oklahoma state House of Representatives passed legislation that will require couples looking to get married to seek approval from a clergy member in order for them to be married in the state.
The bill which was introduced in January by Republican Rep. Todd Russ and was passed by the House last Tuesday would change the language of the state's law that governs the duties of court clerks, in which all references to marriage licenses would be thrown out.
The bill essentially separates the government from marriage by requiring that marriage certificates be signed by clergy members or other religious officials instead of county clerks or judges. After couples acquire a marriage certificate from the religious official, a record of it would be made by the clerk's office so that the marriage would be recognized by the state. more >>
Jessa Duggar revealed that she and husband Ben Seewald are ready to start their family, even if it means not necessarily adopting right away.
The couple recently spoke about wanting to adopt, but that will take at least two years due to rules that explicitly state potential adoptive parents must be married for two years before beginning the process. Yet that is not stopping Jessa and Ben from fulfilling the dream they've had since before getting married in Nov.
"We hope to adopt a lot of kids," Jessa told People in Feb. "If God blesses us with biological kids of our own, it's not going to quench our desire to adopt. Even before we married, we wanted to adopt." more >>
Nearly sixty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in the pages of the Morehouse College student newspaper, "Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education." A young man at the time, King's words captured the purpose of a quality education: to develop understanding and strength of moral fiber, which together empowers young people toward unstoppable success.
It is true that over the past several decades, reform efforts have made significant strides in addressing academic inequality; graduation rates among minority and low-income students have steadily increased over the past 30 years. More and more women have important opportunity for education.
Yet, with this success overall, we too often lose sight of the full scope of King's description. Common Core State Standards can help. Too many young African American men are victims of high truancy rates and too many are dropping out of high school, altogether. Many of them who do graduate and enroll into college are not finishing their college education. If we are to help them to succeed, we must intervene with solutions that work. more >>
Though it's an article from the summer of 2013, Slate's "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You are a Bad Person" has picked up steam again. In this almost unbelievable article, Allison Benedikt – while admitting she's judgmental – says, "There are a lot of reasons why bad people send their kids to private school."
Yes, bad people send their kids to private school.
Since her argument is premised on the assumption that taking your kids out of public school makes or keeps the public school bad, one can assume that Benedikt would equally call homeschoolers bad. Perhaps worse. more >>
Christianity Today is facing sharp criticism for publishing an article last week whitewashing the legacy of Margaret Sanger, a eugenicist who viewed contraception as a means of creating a genetically improved human race. According to Christianity Today editor Amy Julia Becker, the purpose of the article was "to draw attention to the number of women, children, and unborn babies who die in countries without access to contraception." Instead, because the article linked Sanger to its promotion of contraception, it sparked "an Internet maelstrom of comments," hundreds of tweets and prompted Becker to issue an apology.
It's no surprise the article sparked strong backlash. After all, Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, wanted to exterminate the "Negro population." She once wrote that birth control is "nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit." It's stunning that guest author Rachel Marie Stone tried to "give the charge of 'eugenecist' a more complete background" by suggesting that Sanger wanted to help women "be good wives and good mothers." I appreciate that Christianity Today quickly recognized this error and corrected it.
Yet, what I still find disturbing is that Christianity Today and its critics have failed to acknowledge something equally objectionable in Stone's article: it argues for a completely godless solution based on completely godless reasoning. In fact, Becker quotes Timothy Dalrymple, an editor at Patheos, who wrote, "I hope you can make this argument more powerfully and more effectively in future by not making it seem as though one must accept or pseudo-accept Sanger in order to agree." In other words, it's fine to promote birth control as the solution to suffering in the developing world; just don't link it to Sanger. more >>