Another *very* interesting treatment of this idea are the books by
Cordwainer Smith, called "Norstrilia" and "the Instrumentality of Man".
These books (fiction) deal in a very deep way with many spiritual aspects
of technology, and specifically address the incarnational question through
his animal-people; domestic animals that have been given human
characteristics through engineering. One question that underlies his books
is when (if ever) does such an animal-person acquire the "imago dei"?