INDS 522/APPL 522

Human Being & Human Acting After Technology

This course is also offered as APPL 522

Course Description

Please Note: This course is only available onsite.

To be human is to be designed to make a meaningful difference in the world as men and women bearing the image of the God. But as we pursue that quest in ways both intended and unintended by ourselves and our Creator, humans have ushered in the technological era, in which more and more activity is undertaken and overtaken by our own sub-creations, from the machines and factories of the Industrial Revolution to artificial intelligences in the era of ChatGPT. 

What is meaningful human action in a world where our physical, mental, and emotional capabilities may be not only supplemented by, but superseded and supplanted by, devices and systems that operate at superhuman speed, complexity, and scale? Anchoring our discussion in frameworks from figures like Karl Marx and Martin Heidegger, Ivan Illich and Erazim Kohák, and Willie Jennings, Paul Kingsnorth, and Mary Harrington, we will use the fourfold schema of the Greatest Commandment to examine how our design as "heart-soul-mind-strength complexes designed for love" is challenged by technological developments. We will seek to both articulate the distinctive calling of human beings and identify practices that preserve room for that calling in the post-technological world.

Dates Jul 8–Jul 12
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite Only
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



Andy Crouch

Author, Partner for Theology and Culture

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

The friendships and relationships I’ve made during my time at Regent have opened my eyes to how immensely rich, diverse, and massive the body of Christ is. When I hear the stories of many of my classmates, I see Jesus’s immense provision and grace for the church.” — Alexander Marees