Can Transhumanism be part of the salvation plan within a Christian framework? Does this type of science go against the plan for humanity? Does Transhumanism actually rewrite the concept of what it means to be redeemed and be given new bodies? These questions and more have come to my mind recently.
I have just finished watching a short video of someone explaining the differences between a “Conservative Christians” understanding of transhumanism and the new “Christian Transhumanists”; a concept that is gaining ground within Mormonism (the video is at the bottom of this post). He was speaking at the Mormon Transhumanist Association Conference and puts forth a basic argument against the concept of “Christian Transhumanism”. He sees that there is a real tension between the “Conservative Christian” point of view and this new view taken up by the “Christian Transhumanists”. I am yet to do a google search on “Christian Transhumanists”. It might pull up some interesting things to say the least.
Something occurred to me after watching the video though. The use of the word “Co-creator” came up and this reminded me of something that I had been blogging about years ago. The emergent/emerging church use that buzz word quite a lot! They have spoken about co-creating along side God to make this world a better place. I for one had put the emergent church on the back burner for a time, but something tells me that with the whole transhumanism thing gaining ground, it may be something that the emergent church really gets fixated on. Time will tell.
Brian McLaren has stated…
“My Christian identity is more about joining God in the healing, restoration and development and evolution of the world moving toward a brighter, richer and deeper future,” [source]
… Instead, the God of creation becomes the God of ongoing creation, of life intent on its own development, and of life involved in contributing to its own emerging form.
A self-creating universe becomes co-creator with the humble God who shares power and waits for the best from us and provides for what we need to make it happen. We become participants in the process of life and the development of the world that is not so much planned as it is enabled.[source]
The Emergent Church is real big on this co-creator stance.
Doug Pagitt says in the book Church Re-imagined:
“And God also, invites us to be re-created and to join the work of God as co-(re)creators. . . . When we employ creativity to make the world better, we participate with God in the re-creation of the world” (Church Re-imagined; 185).
I have learnt recently that there is a big tie between Mormonism and Transhumanism. And I have no doubt that we will be hearing more about this as we edge closer to the reality of Transhumanism. Could this whole Transhumanism thing be something that ties the world together in some kind of wonderful human kingdom? There are definite spiritual overtones to Transhumanism which is regarded by most people as purely science. But as I have posted before, Transhumanism is where science and alchemy meet. A mixing of strange seeds with humanity? Could this be the antichrist’s kingdom, and are we going to witness the fruition of this New World?
At the 2013 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, speakers addressed the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion.At the 2013 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, speakers addressed the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion.