They say hard cases make bad law, so lets not talk about a toaster.
You have a robot, an android, similar in appearance to a human, close enough that you couldn't tell at a distance. This robot has intelligence at or slightly above that of a human, as well as sentience.
Is that robot a person? Would that robot be entitled to human rights? Should it be protected under the law as a person? Would it be okay (with full knowledge of the entomology of the word robot) to treat that sentient robot as a slave? As less than human?
And some theological questions:
Would it have a soul? Is it a creation of God? Is it one of God's children? Could it accept God and receive salvation?
And if the answer to the above is no, under what conditions could it be yes?
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