What is it about?
The worldwide transhumanist (H+) movement upgrades technological hopes and expectations to a level of spiritual fervor. When looking through the eyes of the public theologian, we see in H+ a disguised religion replete with faith in techno-salvation and even immortality. This is unrealistic. Whereas H+ assumes enhanced intelligence has redemptive power, the more realistic theologian avers that it is love and love alone that has transformative power. The implicit Gnostic assumptions of H+ are too weak to redeem the human condition; they need fortification by a hard-nosed sinand-grace dialectic. Apologetic public theologians can offer the wider public a more realistic assessment of technology’s potential while providing genuine hope in a future vision based on divine promise.
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Why is it important?
Although our society should be grateful to techies who supply wondrous advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, we need to avoid falling into the trap of expecting that technological advance can cure all human ills. Techno-salvation is unrealistic. Genuine salvation can result solely from divine grace.
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This page is a summary of: The Ebullient Transhumanist and the Sober Theologian, Scientia et Fides, September 2019, Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika/Nicolaus Copernicus University, DOI: 10.12775/setf.2019.018.
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