Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors

Christian Perspectives on Transhumanism and the Church

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

Editors: Donaldson, Steve, Cole-Turner, Ron (Eds.)

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  • 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

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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.


About the authors

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.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction: Why the Church Should Pay Attention to Transhumanism

    Cole-Turner, Ron

    Pages 1-15

  • From Lamech to Bezalel: Biblical Reflections on the Polyvalence of “Technology”

    Kraftchick, Steven J.

    Pages 19-38

  • Dragons and Dog-Headed Saints: Some Medieval Perspectives on the Significance of the Human Form

    Hepola, Allison

    Pages 39-52

  • “When That Which Is Perfect Is Come”: Henry Drummond and “The Changed Life”

    Vaughn Cross, Carol Ann

    Pages 53-73

  • Christianity’s Rigged Debate with Transhumanism

    Goss, Boaz

    Pages 75-93

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Bibliographic Information

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
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Palgrave Macmillan, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90323-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90323-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90322-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 271
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