Stephen Garner

Stephen Garner
Laidlaw College · School of Theology

MSc, BD, PhD

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Introduction
Stephen Garner currently works at Laidlaw College, Auckland, New Zealand. His current projects are 'Theology and Technology' and 'Religion, Media and Popular Culture.'
Additional affiliations
June 2018 - present
Laidlaw College
Position
  • Head of Faculty
January 2014 - June 2018
Laidlaw College
Position
  • Head of Department
January 2008 - December 2013
University of Auckland
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
July 2008 - June 2010
University of Auckland
Field of study
  • Higher Education
July 2002 - December 2006
University of Auckland
Field of study
  • Theology
February 1999 - November 2001
Bible College of New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
Field of study
  • Theology

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Publications (47)
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Digital theology, conducted primarily by those within a religious community, should not be confused with the field of “digital religion,” which is primarily concerned with how religion in its various forms engages with, is shaped by, and is present in digital culture and media. Digital religion provides a variety of methodologies and methods useful...
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The Christian faith is oriented around the hope that is found in the birth, life, death, resurrection and return of Jesus Christ, and this hope shapes Christian understandings of being human and human flourishing. What then might this Christian hope have to say about our technological developments and, in particular, how those shape our reflection...
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Reading culture alongside reading the Bible and theology.
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Abstract: One of the fundamental stages in the formation of faith is the initiation of the Christian life or catechetical formative stage. Christian formation varies from nation to nation; however, we live in a peculiar historical context in which we share on a global level the anthropological challenges and opportunities brought about by society a...
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Garner, Stephen. "Vision: Altered Carbon and Westworld." Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice 25, 1 (18 July 2018). https://hail.to/laidlaw-college/publication/3onRxJl/article/f3tyekc
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This informed theology of communication and media analyzes how we consume new media and technologies and discusses the impact on our social and religious lives. Combining expertise in religion online, theology, and technology, the authors synthesize scholarly work on religion and the internet for a nonspecialist audience. They show that both media...
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In 2004 Tim Bednar, a web-developer and Christian blogger, published a paper on the Internet titled ‘We know more than our pastors.’ The thrust of Bednar’s argument was that the Internet and various related media technologies enabled a level of participation and networking across traditional church boundaries that both challenged existing structure...
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For five years the television show bro'Town represented a novel and somewhat controversial approach to telling stories about New Zealand society in mainstream media. The particular characters and setting connected to Pacific Island and urban Maori immigrant communities, but the stories being told were broader than that and resonated with the wider...
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The transhumanist vision is an end product of the belief that the human condition can be improved through reason, science, and technology. It focuses predominantly upon the autonomous individual, asserting the primacy of reason as a force for personal and therefore societal transformation. Through the use of applied reason, transhumanism asserts th...
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The development of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality generate narratives of apprehension within contemporary Western technoculture. Transhumanist narratives declare that humanity is now upon the brink of seizing technological control of its own evolution, and creating a brighter and better posthuman future. F...
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In this paper the metaphors of 'God as hacker' and human beings as created co-creators are linked with the narratives of creativity, novelty and experience that can be seen within contemporary technoculture. This type of approach is envisaged as one of many that might be used to engage with technology theologically. Drawing upon the tradition of Go...
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http://jetpress.org/volume14/garner.pdf Both Christianity and transhumanism create social visions capable of engendering hope, motivating action and describing the universe. While some transhumanists see the Christian vision as competing with the transhumanist equivalent, others within transhumanism see a place for ‘traditional values.’ Certainly...
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Per capita, New Zealand is reputed to be one of the world's leading collectors of information in databases. The country, quite rightly, places a substantial investment in stored knowledge. As databases grow, however, interest tends to shift from techniques for retrieving individual items to large-scale analysis of the data as a whole. Data can be a...
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This paper reviews our experience with the application of machine learning techniques to agricultural databases. We have designed and implemented a machine learning workbench, WEKA, which permits rapid experimentation on a given dataset using a variety of machine learning schemes, and has several facilities for interactive investigation of the data...
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Many techniques have been developed for learning rules and relationships automatically from diverse data sets, to simplify the often tedious and error-prone process of acquiring knowledge from empirical data. While these techniques are plausible, theoretically well-founded, and perform well on more or less artificial test data sets, they depend on...
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WEKA is a workbench designed to aid in the application of machine learning technology to real world data sets, in particular, data sets from New Zealand's agricultural sector. In order to do this a range of machine learning techniques are presented to the user in such a way as to hide the idiosyncrasies of input and output formats, as well as allow...
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1 Introduction Numerous techniques have been proposed for learning rules and relationships from diverse data sets, in the hope that machines can help in the often tedious and error-prone process of knowledge acquisition. While these techniques are plausible and theoretically well-founded, they stand or fall on their ability to make sense of real-wo...
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The Waikato Environment for Knowledge Analysis (weka) is a New Zealand government-sponsored initiative to investigate the application of machine learning to economically important problems in the agricultural industries. The overall goals are to create a workbench for machine learning, determine the factors that contribute towards its successful ap...

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Application of machine learning systems to real-world datasets.