christianity and transhumanism

6 01 2009


I’ll want to give this article on Teilhard de Chardin and transhumanism considerably more time, thought, and study than I’ve given it so far.  But here’s an initial reaction:  Not only is transhumanism of some kind already an irreversible social trend, but the author is correct in saying that Christianity and transhumanism are not irrevocably destined for conflict.

There are certain trends that might be called “prosaic transhumanism,” and even very fundamentalist Christians have embraced them.  Breast augmentation comes to mind.  Nor have eyeglasses, hair coloring, or bluetooth headsets met with any particular evangelical resistance.

In fact, my unenhanced gut says that evangelicals will be among the earliest and most enthusiastic adopters of certain forms of transhumanist enhancement, although they probably wan’t call them by that name.  But that’s just a guess.

I can even envision a scenario where radical human self-enhancement becomes a Christian movement – a preparation for the Rapture and the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.  But that’s just speculation – more appropriate for a short story than anything else.

Fascinating article, in any case, courtesy of the Journal of Evolution and Technology.

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