Press ReleaseFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Posted 10 May 2020
Sydney, NSW, Australia
An LGBTI-friendly Bible search – in a Chatbot
TalkToTheWord™ has designed an ethical BibleBot. It responds to natural language, even slang, with the Word of God – but not just with any Scriptures. The app has over 8,500 passages from the Bible, or 43%, (93% of the New Testament). But an ethical Bible?! – tautology to believers or an oxymoron to unbelievers – arguably, many of society’s scaffolds were codified through religion. “Don’t kill,” is an oldie but a goody. “Love your neighbour as yourself,” is pretty useful when you have to work from home. And some others, like tolerance for foreigners: “He made from one blood every nation to dwell on all the surface of the earth,” seem quite relevant in today’s protectionist environment.
But, “Why only 43%?” you ask. Well there are plenty of other ideas in the Bible that modern society has moved on from. Homosexuality was condemned but slavery and paedophilia were not - yet thankfully Christ's emphasis on, ‘Loving others as yourself,’ helped show us humanity could do better than Bronze Age morals on sexuality, labor-hire and child abuse. Not that any passages are excluded – the Bible is available in its totality on the app – it’s just that the Bot will search for ethical and encouraging verses in preference to the bits most people skip over anyway.
Neo-pharisaism is alive and kicking in many Christian teachings about sexuality. In contrast, Jesus was emphatic when he stated, “I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.” So there was no reason for Paul to condemn the LGBTI community - his own hyper-religious background may have clouded his judgement (despite having once corrected Peter) and distracted him from the central doctrine that Jesus came to draw all men, women and non-binery people to a God that is loving and kind.Practicing what Christ preached, TalkToTheWord™ focusses users’ attention on non-discrimination, fairness, equity and charitable giving. But it also associates word searches for evils, such as child sex abuse, to Scriptures condemning sexual immorality. TalkToTheWord™ is open to suggestions about how the chatbot and concordance can further encourage ethical lifestyles.
App Design & Values
TalkToTheWord™ started in May 2018 by launching a hybrid chatbot / search tool. In May 2020, the website, talktotheword.com, was completed with an extensive topical reference concordance and gallery of inspirational posters. Dialogflow’s Natural Language Understanding and Google’s Machine Learning are used to interpret key words from user input sentences. These are then matched with groups of related synonyms and return a randomly selected succinct Scripture phrase from a bank of 10-30 with relevant content. If no match is found, the Bot will select a generic response. Users wishing to view the wider context of a phrase can do a chapter search. TalkToTheWord™ is not an exact word search, it is a context search: both the context of the user input and the context of the phrased responses. And those phrases are parsed in their local context rather than by single-sentence verse numbers. Together these comprise the Parsed Interactive Bible PIB.
TalkToTheWord™ is available on:
Cisco Webex™ by adding email@example.com
Facebook™ @talktotheword or m.me/talktothewordpib
Google Assistant™ by entering, "OK Google, Talk to The Word PIB."
Skype™ - https://join.skype.com/bot/e7a2c633-7bd3-4de2-b707-b427f4c2514c
TalkToTheWord™ at www.talktotheword.com/p/talktotheword.html
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