As a consensus-building platform, Polis facilitates complex discussions and identifies areas of agreement and disagreement, within the members of any given group, however large, including populations of a nation-state, as famously happens in Taiwan. Given that the Christian faith is followed by hundreds of millions of people and given that churches often have hundreds of attenders, Polis might have something to offer Christianity.
Here are a few potential ways in which Christian theology might interact with Pol.is technology:
Facilitating discussions and dialogue
Christian theology places a strong emphasis on the importance of dialogue and discussion, both within the church and within the wider community at large. The Bible contains numerous examples of people engaging in discussions and debates in order to better understand God’s will and to make decisions.
Polis technology, with its focus on facilitating discussions and identifying areas of agreement and disagreement, could be seen as a useful tool for encouraging and supporting these kinds of conversations within a Christian context. Some issues within Christianity – such as the issue of gay people – can be quite controversial.
Promoting unity and consensus
Christian theology also emphasises the importance of unity and the need for believers to work together in order to further God’s kingdom. Polis, with its ability to visualise the overall consensus on a given topic, is as a way to help identify areas of agreement and disagreement among believers and to work towards greater unity and consensus.
The Quaker faith, which emanated from Christianity in the mid-17th century in England, has a particular focus upon discernment, discussion and consensus. Of course, there are numerous branches of Christianity, which could use Polis to find consensus on controversial areas of Christian doctrine.
Encouraging respectful discourse
Christian theology teaches that believers should respect and love one another, even when they disagree. Forgiveness is another key tenet of Christianity. This can be challenging, particularly when it comes to sensitive or controversial topics. Polis technology, with its emphasis on respectful and intelligent discourse, could be used as a way to facilitate discussions on these kinds of topics in a way that is respectful and loving.
Supporting the decision-making process
Within the church, decisions are often made through a process of prayer, discussion, and discernment. Polis technology, with its ability to identify areas of agreement and disagreement, could be seen as a useful tool for supporting this process and helping believers come to a more accurate understanding of the issues at hand.
There are also potential challenges and limitations to the use of Polis technology within a Christian context. For example, some may argue that the reliance on technology and algorithms could potentially undermine the importance of individual judgment and prayer in decision-making. Others may be concerned about the potential for the technology to be used to reinforce power imbalances or to obscure or obscure the views of marginalised groups. Following a consensus might also be less beneficial than following a leader.
Overall, it seems likely that Christian theology would interact with Polis technology in a complex and nuanced way. Our thoughts and observations in this blog are simply conjecture and speculation. While such radical and altruistic technology has the potential to facilitate discussions, promote unity and consensus, and support the decision-making process, it’s important to approach its use with caution and to consider the potential challenges and limitations