Noreen Herzfeld is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota.  She holds degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Theology from The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

Herzfeld teaches courses in both the department of computer science and the department of theology at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, reflecting her two primary research interests—the intersection of religion and technology, and religion and conflict.  Various topics include computer theory, computer ethics, religion and science in dialog, the spirituality and politics of Islam, and religion and conflict. 

Herzfeld is the author of In Our Image:  Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit (Fortress, 2002), Technology and Religion:  Remaining Human in a Co-Created World (Templeton, 2009), and The Limits of Perfection in Technology, Religion, and Science (Pandora, 2010).   She has also published numerous articles on such diverse topics as cyberspace as a venue for spiritual experience, embodiment as a sine qua non for personhood, the religious implications of computer games, and the prospects for reconciliation among Christians and Muslims in Bosnia.

Recent publications

  • Outsourced Memory:  Computers and Conversation, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, Vol. 65, No. 3 (September, 2013).

  • “Living in Cyberspace:  Video Games, Facebook, and the Image of God”  Journal of Dharma,  vol. 36, No. 2 (June 2011).

  • “Human and Artificial Intelligence: a Theological Response”  Human Identity at the Intersection
      of Science, Technology andReligion.   Nancey Murphey, ed. New York:  Ashgate, 2010.
  • “Your Cell will teach you everything:  Old Wisdom, Modern Science, and the Art of Attention,” Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies, 29 (2009).
  • “A New Member of the Family?: The Continuum of Being, Artificial Intelligence, and the Image of God,”  Theology and Science, 5:3 (November, 2007).
  • “The End of Faith?”  Science and Theology as Process,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 46: 3 (Fall 2007).
  • “The Danger of Religious Nationalism and Hope for Renewal:  Lessons from Srebrenica,” Journal of Religion and Society, Supplement Series 1, Religion and Violence, 2007.

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