Creators and Creatures: The Creation Account in Genesis and the Idea of the Artificial Humanoid

Creators and Creatures: The Creation Account in Genesis and the Idea of the Artificial Humanoid by Gábor Ambrus

Abstract:
Science fiction, this article argues, provides an imaginative domain which can offer a unique understanding of the interaction between science and religion. Such an interaction is particularly present in the idea of the artificial humanoid as brought to life in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the recent television series Westworld . Both revolve around the theme of a moral relation between scientist creator and humanoid creature in accord with a norm that first took shape in the biblical account of God’s creation of the first human beings. At the same time, these works of fiction cast light on the contrast between the biblical account and the Mesopotamian myths of creation. In the manner of Frankenstein and Westworld , science fiction can integrate the perspective of science with that of the biblical tradition.

Keywords:
artificial humanoid • Book of Genesis • Frankenstein • responsibility • robot • science fiction • Westworld Gábor Ambrus holds a postdoctoral research position in the Theology and Contemporary Culture Research Group at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic;
DOI: 10.1111/zygo.12534