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Christian Perspectives on Transhumanism and the Church

Chips in the Brain, Immortality, and the World of Tomorrow

  • Steve Donaldson
  • Ron Cole-Turner
  • Calls on Christians to understand and engage with some of the deep issues facing the church in a technological, transhumanist future

  • Considers how technology can help or harm genuine spiritual transformation

  • Begins the process of crafting a vision that can inspire people to hope for God's transforming grace while living in a culture defined by technology's enhancing powers

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. How Did We Get Here?

  3. Confronting Transhumanism: From Hype to Hope

  4. Technology and the Church of the Future

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-271

About this book

Introduction

Christians have always been concerned with enhancement—now they are faced with significant questions about how technology can help or harm genuine spiritual transformation. What makes traditional and technological enhancement different from each other? Are there theological insights and spiritual practices that can help Christians face the challenge of living in a technological world without being dangerously conformed to its values? This book calls on Christians  to understand and engage the deep issues facing the church in a technological, transhumanist future.


Keywords

Henry Drummond Imago Dei Imago Mundi Cyborgs Nietzsche

Editors and affiliations

  • Steve Donaldson
    • 1
  • Ron Cole-Turner
    • 2
  1. 1.Samford UniversityBirmingham, ALUSA
  2. 2.Pittsburgh Theological SeminaryPittsburgh, PAUSA

About the editors

Steve Donaldson directs the computer science program and co-directs the computational biology program at Samford University. He is senior fellow and a co-founder of the Samford University Center for Science and Religion. Donaldson has authored Dimensions of Faith (2015) and co-authored A Little Book for New Scientists (2016).

 

Ron Cole-Turner teaches theology and ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he holds the H. Parker Sharp Professorship. He is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion, and currently serves as a vice president. Cole-Turner is the author and editor of several books on science, technology, and Christian theology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Christian Perspectives on Transhumanism and the Church
  • Book Subtitle Chips in the Brain, Immortality, and the World of Tomorrow
  • Editors Steve Donaldson
    Ron Cole-Turner
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90323-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Palgrave Macmillan, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-90322-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07990-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-90323-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 271
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religion and Society
    Popular Science in Religious Studies
    Philosophy of Technology
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