The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG16
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Phone: +44 (0)161 275 3064



The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG8
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Phone: +44 (0)161 306 1663


What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

Events and Outputs
> Robots vs Loneliness?
> Focus Groups
> Conference: Care and Machines
Useful links 

Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.

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LTI research featured in 'The Conversation'

Dr Scott Midson, currently Postdoctoral Research Associate at the LTI, has written a short essay for the online journal The Conversation.

Titled 'Why Silicon Valley needs theologians', the piece highlights the need for theologians in a complex technoculture. It considers perceptions about religion and theology, including the reasons why they are typically overlooked in discussions about the ethics and philosophy of technology, while arguing overall that the sense of mystery in how we think about, develop, and use technology provides an opening for theological insights. These insights can tackle the 'solutionist' atittude that we cultivate with technologies.

Overall, the piece outlines the need for interdisciplinary conversation that includes and is enriched by theologians reflecting on the nature of belief in the contemporary world. 

The full text can be accessed here.

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