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Uncanny Valley Psalm 14

Uncanny Valley

It's a measure of the godliness of God that he can get past revulsion at our wrongdoing.

At a Glance

Humans are to robots as God is to humans? Well, not exactly. But it's interesting to observe the human emotional response to robots, especially as they are "humanized" a little and "humanized" a lot. We like our robots to have cute humanlike features, like R2-D2 in Star Wars, but we're repulsed by robots that very closely resemble humans (so says the research). This is our opening to look at the psalmist's reflection on how God loves or does not love these humans -- some of whom go around saying that the very Creator who made them does not exist.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel reading, see "The Monster Under Megan's Bed," July 27, 1997, at

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