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Creation of Human Being and Robot in Theological Aspect

Youn Hyung 1

1장로회신학대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article is a theological study of robots, which is concerned with work of human being. Three categories of ancient and modern world, old testament are arranged to analyse the correlation between man and robots. In them three themes of work, 'person' and mimesis are described in detail. As a result production of intelligent robots is similar to creation of human being in ancient world and old testament, and different from them. A common point of three parts is work, however its meaning is different from one another. In part of robots and ancient world its image is clearly negative, but its meaning is positive from the beginning of creation in canonical Bible. Secondly, it is analysed which identity worker have. Parts of robots and ancient world regarded man as a object that personality is removed. However in the old testament origin of his personality goes back to image and likeness of God. The third factor is mimesis(imitation). One who was created only to work in ancient world imitates nature of gods. The model of imitation of robots is a human being. Could he be a subject of imitation? Lastly a theological opinion about man and robots is expressed. It is important to think over again meaning of work and identity of worker. Values of man are subject to changes according to the model of imitation. In conclusion, a very close correlation of man and work, divineness of work, dignity of human being, freedom and order are emphasized in Bible. It is our task, how they are applied to robots as a new species.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.