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Robot SexSocial and Ethical Implications$
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John Danaher and Neil McArthur

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036689

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036689.001.0001

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Religious Perspectives on Sex with Robots

Religious Perspectives on Sex with Robots

(p.91) 6 Religious Perspectives on Sex with Robots
Robot Sex

Noreen Herzfeld

The MIT Press

This chapter looks at the question of sex robots from a religious, primarily Judeo-Christian perspective. It addresses four basic questions: What is the purpose of sex? What in our nature might predispose us to a relationship with a robot? Could we have an authentic loving relationship with a robot? And, finally, would such a choice aid or hinder our spiritual growth? It concludes that while sex robots might make interesting, even desirable sexual partners, in the end it is God and each other with whom we must be in relationship. Replacing relationship with one another with relationship to a machine is ultimately a form of idolatry, a substitution for the living with something made, and thus controlled, by our own hands.

Keywords:   Christian Sexual Ethics, Jewish Sexual Ethics, Religion and Technology, Sex and Religion

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