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Welcome to Theology and AI Blog

I recently completed my Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from Bethel University. My thesis was on "Creator God, Humans, and Artificial  Intelligence: Framework to Address Theological and Relational Issues".

I will be using this blog to share my thoughts on Theology and AI. 

I look forward to posts related to my research and my thoughts on recent developments with AI.  

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