ChatGPT Delivers Sermon At Church In Germany

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An AI (artificial intelligence) chatbot, represented by a black-bearded avatar, preached a sermon at St. Paul’s Church in the town of Fuerth, Germany, last weekend. The 40-minute sermon was created by Jonas Simmerlein, a theologian and philosopher , who used ChatGPT for 98% of the material. “Dear friends, it is an honor for me to stand here and preach to you as the first artificial intelligence at this year’s convention of Protestants in Germany,” the avatar said, opening it’s sermon to the more than 300 people in attendance. Some attendees said, “There was no heart and no soul,” while one Lutheran pastor said, “I was positively surprised how well it worked.”  Many on social media derided the idea, saying that the AI could not interact with and pray for the congregation like a real minister would. One user wrote, “ChatGPT-Delivered Sermons. A.I. is now a religious leader. Looks like the unveiling of the antichrist/beast system.”