What does Christian Transhumanism mean?


If you’ve ever wondered whether Christian Transhumanism is compatible with evangelical Christianity, the answer is: It depends on your definition of Transhumanism.

The Eschaton is Near

It’s helpful sometimes to define terms do that everyone is on the same page.

The Oxford Dictionary defines transhumanism as:

“The belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.”

The question for many Christians who affirm the historical veracity of Genesis is what is meant by the word evolve. Does it merely mean “change over time” such as the horizontal variation we see in the canine kind? Biblical creationists affirm such observable changes within created kinds. Or does it mean something akin to vertical phyletic change by way of microbes-to-man evolution?

In many cases, it seems to indicate the latter. In his 1989 book, Are You Transhuman?, Fereidoun M. Esfandiary, better known as FM-2030, defined transhumans as “the earliest manifestation of new evolutionary beings, on their way to becoming posthumans.”

Nick Bostrom has…

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