Current Postgraduate Students
Miss Victoria Beeching, MA Oxon
Internet ethics, VR (virtual reality), AI (artificial intelligence) and human behaviour
- What it means to be human in a digital age.
- The ethical, social, and moral implications of the Internet, VR (virtual reality) and AI (artificial intelligence).
- What it means to retain wholeness as a physical/embodied person while living in an increasingly virtual/disembodied world.
- The sacredness of ‘place’ in theology and how this intersects with VR and virtual environments.
- Future ethical implications of artificial intelligence.
- Future ethical implications of machines and robotics.
Biblical perspectives on human sexuality: Towards an LGBT-inclusive church
- The Biblical texts related to (or thought to relate to) same-sex relationships and the manner in which these verses have been interpreted (and misinterpreted) throughout church history.
- The conservative evangelical movement in the UK and their opposition to the ordination of women as priests and Bishops, and to same-sex marriage.
- The biblical and social arguments used by the American ’religious right’ against same-sex marriage in the USA.
- Christians who have changed their minds on same-sex marriage – moving from conservative to LGBT affirming – and emerging patterns of how and why this shift is taking place within the UK.
Publications and Presentations
- Vicky is passionate about having one foot in the academic world and the other in media and broadcasting. A regular on BBC1, Sky News, Radio 4, and in papers like The Guardian, she gives commentary and opinion on stories about religion and about technology.
- For video footage and audio clips, visit her website: http://vickybeeching.com/