A Seminar: The Spirituality of Technology and Judaeo-Christian Tradition

A Seminar: The Spirituality of Technology and Judaeo-Christian Tradition

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum), the research project entitled the "Foundational Reflections on Theology and Technology" (FORE), with the Specialization in Spirituality of the Faculty of Theology at the Angelicum, cordially invite you to an expert seminar:

The Spirituality of Technology and Judaeo-Christian Tradition

At the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) Rome (Hall XI) on 26 May 2017.

Many would argue that there are few domains in the contemporary world that are as disparate and remote from each other as technology and religion.

Yet the gap between them might be less than it first seems. Silicon Valley, for instance, has its own spiritualities, some of which dream of the individual's fusion with an all-encompassing entity of computer intelligence.

They are suffused with the air of the occult, and close to traditions of gnosis and esotericism. Meanwhile, spirituality remains at the heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition which suffers from a lack of integration of a technological worldview into its thought and practice.

Given the need for such integration, there is much to learn on both sides from a dialogue at the level of spirituality between Judeo-Christian thought and technology.

9.00: Welcome and Introduction to the Seminar

9.15-9.45: Stef Aupers, KU Leuven:

                 Becoming Gods: The Transhuman Ethic and the Spirit of Silicon Valley

9.45-10.45: Response and general discussion

10.45-11.15: Break

11.15-11.45: Gabor Ambrus (FORE project):

                    The Magic of Technology and the Christian Magus in Early Modernity

11.45-12.45: Response and general discussion

12.45-14.00: Break

14.00-14.30: Irene Kajon (La Sapienza):

                    Technological Man according to the Thought of Hans Jonas

14.30-15.30: Response and general discussion

15.30-16.00: Conclusions

Contacts: fass@pust.it , 066702402


​(16 May 2017)