From Ilia Delio, Artificial Intelligence and Christian Salvation: Compatibility or Competition?, New Theology Review, November 2003.
p. 45 “Antje Jackelén furthers the religious argument by suggesting that A.I. technology has messianic dimensions. She writes: “When John the Baptist was in prison and heard what Jesus was doing, he sent his disciples to ask, “Are you the one (the Messiah) to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor have the good news brought to them” (Matt 11:2-6). As Jackelén notes, the development toward techno sapiens might well be regarded as a step toward the kingdom of God. What else can we say when the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, and the dead are at least virtually alive? The requirements of the Gospel and the aims of technical development seem to be in perfect harmony (Jackelén, 294).”