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Transhumanism and Transcendence | Georgetown University Press

Just checked the letterbox on the way back from a walk with the kids and found my copy of this book in it. Was wondering when it would arrive.

Transhumanism and Transcendence | Georgetown University Press.


From the blurb:

Transhumanism and Transcendence
Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement
Ronald Cole-Turner, Editor
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 bring fresh insight into the technologies that are already reshaping the future of Christian life and hope.

Essays include:

1. Introduction: The Transhumanist Challenge
Ronald Cole-Turner

2. Contextualizing a Christian Perspective on Transcendence and Human Enhancement: Francis Bacon, N. F. Fedorov, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Michael S. Burdett

3. Transformation and the End of Enhancement: Insights from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
David Grumett

4. Dignity and Enhancement in the Holy City
Karen Lebacqz

5. Progress and Provolution: Will Transhumanism Leave Sin Behind?
Ted Peters

6. The Hopeful Cyborg
Stephen Garner

7. Artificial Wombs and Cyborg Births: Postgenderism and Theology
J. Jeanine Thweatt-Bates

8. Taking Leave of the Animal? The Theological and Ethical Implications of Transhuman Projects
Celia Deane-Drummond

9. Chasing Methuselah: Transhumanism and Christian Theosis in Critical Perspective
Todd T. W. Daly

10. Human or Vulcan? Theological Consideration of Emotional Control Enhancement
Michael L. Spezio

11. Whose Salvation? Which Eschatology? Transhumanism and Christianity as Contending Salvific Religions
Brent Waters

12. Transcendence, Technological Enhancement, and Christian Theology
Gerald McKenny

13. Transhumanism and Christianity
Ronald Cole-Turner


  1. howard carter

    Sounds an amazing book stephen. I did note your essay there. Congradulations.

  2. Yep, it’s in there. They all look good, but I’ve been waiting to read Jennifer Thweatt-Bates’ chapter.

    You might also be interested in this recent book. Some cross-over of authors between the two volumes.

    Religion and the Implications of Radical Life Extension
    Edited by Calvin Mercer and Derek F. Maher

  3. Gavin

    My copy of this is in the post apparently. Looking forward to it!