How is medical technology changing the way we view birth and death? What happens to our connection to others when we can be anonymous online? Is social media helping or hurting social justice causes?

These are a few of the questions that the Fall 2014 Sinai and Synapses Discussion Forum explores.

Can Slacktivism Lead to Activism?

Climate Change BannerWhat is the value and what are the limits of “slacktivism” — low-risk, low-cost activities that aim to make the world better?

How Technology Changes Theology

Robot HumanJust as automation is (and will be) radically changing the economic landscape, technology is (and will be) radically changing how we perceive theology and God, as well.

This Week in Religion and Technology — November 14, 2014

A new Pew study on religion and electronic media, hashtag activism and robot theology — here’s what’s new this week in the world of religion and technology.

Want to Understand Religion? You’ve Gotta Have a Body

AI-image-300x168Connor Wood argues that if you want to understand religion, you need to understand humans. And if you want to understand humans, you need to understand bodies. Our increasingly disembodied, tech-driven lives aren’t making that any easier.

Technology and Jewish Values — A Conversation with Professor Steven Goldman

Technology and Jewish ValuesTechnologies penetrate every aspect of our lives, often in ways we aren’t even aware of. What Jewish values can and should guide our use of technology?

This Week in Religion and Technology — November 21, 2014

The hidden meaning of passwords, the next iteration of humankind, and a new way to communicate even after we have died — here’s what’s new in religion and technology this week.

Technology, Communication and Religion

Geoff, Josh and PaulRev. Paul Raushenbush and Rabbi Josh Stanton examine the ways that changes in communication technology, and particularly the Internet, are affecting religion today.

Reaching for the Heavens — Technologies of Science and Religion

Reaching for the HeavensAstrophysicist and Christian John ZuHone realizes that in both his scientific life and his religious life, he must rely on something “in between” to get to what he’s really after.

This Week in Religion and Technology — December 5, 2014

Facebook as a window into intoversion/extroversion, religious fundamentalists and robots, and the digital economy as a form of religion — here’s what’s new in religion and technology this week.

Quality of Life or Quantity of Life?

Hospital BedAs medical technologies continue to grow, we are able to save many more people than in the past, but the ethical challenges will only increase. Rabbi Michelle Fisher experienced that tension during her chaplaincy days.

This Week in Religion and Technology — December 12, 2014

Using emojis for introspective journaling, why Muslims are using online dating, and how to slow down time — here’s what’s new in religion and technology this week.

This Week in Religion and Technology — December 19, 2014

Christmas lights as disruptive innovation, a rosary app, and social media as a form of connection during tragedy — here’s what’s new in religion and technology this week.

Uncovering the Torah of Technology — An ELI Talk by Rabbi Michael Mellen

Mike Mellen ELI TalkThere are items in our world that are both spiritual and technological at the same time, just waiting for us to discover both.