By Ronald Cole-Turner
The undying human wish to be extra appealing, clever, fit, athletic, or younger has given upward push in our time to applied sciences of human enhancement. Athletes use medications to extend their power or stamina; plastic surgery is conventional to enhance actual visual appeal; hundreds of thousands of guys take medicinal drugs like Viagra to reinforce sexual functionality. And this day researchers are exploring applied sciences comparable to phone regeneration and implantable units that have interaction at once with the mind. a few condemn those advancements as a brand new form of cheating—not simply in activities yet in existence itself—promising rewards with out attempt and depriving us such a lot of all of what it ability to be actual humans. “Transhumanists,” nevertheless, reject what they see as a rationalizing of human limits, as though being human skill being content material perpetually with underachieving our bodies and brains. To be human, they insist, is to be stressed with percentages, constantly desirous to go beyond organic limits.
As the talk grows in urgency, how should still theology reply? Christian theologians realize fact on either side of the argument, mentioning how the yearnings of the transhumanists—if no longer their technological methods—find deep affinities in Christian trust. during this quantity, Ronald Cole-Turner has joined professional students and more youthful, rising voices jointly to carry clean perception into the applied sciences which are already reshaping the way forward for Christian lifestyles and hope.
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