What does it mean to be human? We are all ‘born human’ but do we need to ‘become human’ – learning through our experiences to feel and act humanly? Can ‘humanness’ be lost? What contributes to our de–humanisation? How do we ‘stay human’ in ‘tech–land’? Is ‘social media’ part of a new humanity? With advancing robotics, artificial intelligence, genetic tailoring and technology with a potential to make us ‘more than human’, what will human society look like? Reducing genetic diversity removes certain ‘types’ of humans – for example, people with Down syndrome – but is uniformity what we want? Who decides?
Dr Ian Dickson explores how people with intellectual disabilities enrich our common humanness. Presenting a biblical view on ‘being human’, he urges individual Christians and the Church as the community of the Holy Spirit to be confident and courageous in their prophetic voice to society. Discovering who we are changes everything for everyone everywhere!