Transhumanism and Transcendence Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement

ISBN-10: 1589017803

ISBN-13: 9781589017801

Edition: 2013

Authors: Ronald Cole-Turner

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The timeless human desire to be more beautiful, intelligent, healthy, athletic, or young has given rise in our time to technologies of human enhancement. Athletes use drugs to increase their strength or stamina; cosmetic surgery is widely used to improve physical appearance; millions of men take drugs like Viagra to enhance sexual performance. And today researchers are exploring technologies such as cell regeneration and implantable devices that interact directly with the brain. Some condemn these developments as a new kind of cheating -- not just in sports but in life itself -- promising rewards without effort and depriving us most of all of what it means to be authentic human beings. "Transhumanists," on the other hand, reject what they see as a rationalizing of human limits, as if being human means being content forever with underachieving bodies and brains. To be human, they insist, is to be restless with possibilities, always eager to transcend biological limits. As the debate grows in urgency, how should theology respond? Christian theologians recognize truth on both sides of the argument, pointing out how the yearnings of the transhumanists -- if not their technological methods -- find deep affinities in Christian belief. In this volume, Ronald Cole-Turner has joined seasoned scholars and younger, emerging voices together to bringing fresh insight into the technologies that are already reshaping the future of Christian life and hope.
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Book details

List price: $25.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 9/29/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: The Transhumanist Challenge
Contextualizing a Christian Perspective on Transcendence and Human Enhancement: Francis Bacon, N. F. Fedorov, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Transformation and the End of Enhancement: Insights from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Dignity and Enhancement in the Holy City
Progress and Provolution: Will Transhumanism Leave Sin Behind?
The Hopeful Cyborg
Artificial Wombs and Cyborg Births: Postgenderism and Theology
Taking Leave of the Animal? The Theological and Ethical Implications of Transhuman Projects
Chasing Methuselah: Transhumanism and Christian Theosis in Critical Perspective
Human or Vulcan? Theological Consideration of Emotional Control Enhancement
Whose Salvation? Which Eschatology? Transhumanism and Christianity as Contending Salvific Religions
Transcendence, Technological Enhancement, and Christian Theology
Transhumanism and Christianity
Contributors
Index
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