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Pandora, AI Girlfriends, and “Reborn” Babies

October 23rd, 2023 | 7 min read

By Nadya Williams

Once upon a time, very long ago, a man lived alone. Perhaps he wished for a companion, perhaps not. We really don’t know. What we do know is that for a set of very complicated reasons, when the well-being of mortals became a pawn in the power struggles of the pagan gods, the gods created a wife for him. She was, in some ways, the perfect woman, a collaborative project of the gods, who each endowed her with a gift, resulting in her name: Pandora—“all the gifts” or “the gifts of all.”

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Nadya Williams

Nadya Williams is the author of Cultural Christians in the Early Church (Zondervan Academic, 2023) and Mothers, Children, and the Body Politic: Ancient Christianity and the Recovery of Human Dignity (IVP Academic, forthcoming October 2024). Her next book, Christians Reading Pagans is under contract at Zondervan Academic. She is Book Review Editor for Current, where she also edits The Arena blog.