Theology in Conversation with Artificial Intelligence

In the spirit of reimagining theological education in a rapidly changing world, Iliff has embarked on an innovative endeavor in the realms of artificial intelligence.

Leveraging the years of research on machine learning by the institution’s technology team, the Iliff AI Institute is starting with the creation of spaces for conversation between theorists and practitioners of AI especially those in the industry and government.

While the team recognizes the highly experimental nature of the AI Institute, it remains steadfast in its search for new knowledge and frontiers in theological education.

At the AI Institute, the key focus areas include:

+ AI Interpretations, Impacts, and Trends

+ The Ethics of AI – Bias, Transparency, and Fairness

+ Decision Making with AI

+ The AI Workforce

+ AI and Social Good


Continuing the progressive legacy of Iliff, the AI Institute is primarily focused on four main questions:

– How can the rich tradition of theological anthropology speak usefully into current conversations about AI?

– How can the new frontiers of AI help us creatively imagine new possibilities for what it means to be human in the world?

– How do our approaches to ethics need to change given the unsustainable dichotomy between human and machine?

– What capacities are needed to equip scholars and AI practitioners to collaboratively and ongoingly address the emerging questions raised by the development and use of AI?


Coming Soon – Technology Series


Bishop Henry White Warren’s vision for Iliff continues in our commitment to “transform the world by creating new and renewed local and global communities of inclusive justice by generating critical scholarship and engaging what is sacred.” 

Bishop Warren saw “no conflict between science and religion,” and in fact, he believed they were necessary complements. “The Iliff School of Theology has been established to promote Progress in Doctrine and Experience. . . . In doctrine it fears no criticism, courts always an advance.” (Quotes are from “Progress in Doctrine,” 1895.)

Since Iliff’s founding in 1892, we value our progressive theological heritage and how it finds expression in emerging forms of pedagogy and practice.

At Iliff, we are an incubator for innovation.

“Building a sustainable hybrid future for humans and machines.”