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EcospiritReligions and Philosophies for the Earth$
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Laurel Kearns and Catherine Keller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227457

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227457.001.0001

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Ecospirituality and the Blurred Boundaries of Humans, Animals, and Machines

Ecospirituality and the Blurred Boundaries of Humans, Animals, and Machines

(p.125) Ecospirituality and the Blurred Boundaries of Humans, Animals, and Machines

Glen A. Mazis

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that to make a simple division between humans and machines in regard to their sacrality is unwarranted, and overlooks new dimensions in machines' evolution—that it misunderstands dimensions of our relationship to what we build, and fails to fathom that the overlap among human, animal, and machine has a spiritual significance potentially as expansive and liberating as has been the earlier inclusion of animals and the biosphere in sacrality. Discussion of any one of these three modes of being requires the inclusion of the other two in order to facilitate an understanding of their mutual participation in a spirituality that embraces the depths of meaning in materiality.

Keywords:   humans, machines, animals, ecospirituality, materiality, ecological theology

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