Opinions & Updates from the diverse Christian Transhumanist Community

The Christian Transhumanist Affirmation

Over the last few months, I've been working with the Board and the Membership Council, to craft a Christian Transhumanist Affirmation

Of course, trying to draft a list of ideas that we all agree on is quite an undertaking—and not something we will ever get exactly right! Nevertheless, we've moved forward, consulting with academic theologians, along with other different voices and perspectives. After many rounds of revisions, I'm proud to say that we've come up with a statement I believe captures a lot of our essence.

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The Jesuit Priest Who Helped Create Modern Transhumanism

Motherboard just ran my article on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the 1930s Jesuit priest whose ideas helped lead to modern transhumanism.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-priest-who-believed-in-god-and-the-singularity-pierre-teilhard-de-chardin


Embrace & the Christian Transhumanist Association

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Earlier this year, the Christian Transhumanist Association made its public debut with an open invitation to membership, and a small fundraising campaign that brought in approximately $1200. Now, as our first substantial financial act, the membership advisory council, the donors, and the board have decided to contribute that money towards a project that combines technology, compassion, and respect for human life.

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Why I became a Christian Transhumanist

Motherboard has published an article by Micah Redding on the growth of Christian transhumanism, and why Christians are beginning to look towards space exploration, artificial intelligence, radical life extension, cyborgs, and cryogenics as tools for fulfilling the Christian mission.

Just as the printing press gained incredible religious significance during the Protestant Reformation, we may see the next wave of Christians embrace transhumanist technologies as part of a sacred duty to participate with God in the redemption of the world.

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Why Christians should embrace Transhumanism

The Christian Post has published an article by Christopher Benek on why Christians should embrace transhumanism.

It has always been the goal of Christians to care for and heal the sick, give sight to the blind, help deaf to hear, the lame to walk, give voice to the mute and guide persons toward holistic betterment in community. 

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Disability Acceptance and Access

At almost any minute of any day, your life could change drastically. Our bodies are fragile, our destinies determined second-by-second. Snap your fingers. That’s how suddenly what you have come to expect for yourself, or a member of your family, could change as the result of an illness or accident. What would it mean in terms of work, mobility, relationship, identity? How quickly or slowly would you adapt to a drastically new state of reality?

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Campaign Conclusion

In case you haven’t heard, our campaign was a success!

We raised $1175, registered our first set of voting association members, and signed up a number of new volunteers and supporters. And along the way, we made new friends, discovered powerful new voices, and participated in stimulating conversations on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, and email.

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Campaign Update

Our campaign is over 50% funded, and we’ve got 6 days to go!

As you know, at the beginning of this month, the Christian Transhumanist Association announced its launch, membership campaign, and logo-design effort, all at the same time.

Since then, we’ve had great conversations, seen new discussions pop up on Reddit, Twitter, and in diverse corners of the internet, and discovered new voices writing about Christianity and transhumanism.

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Christian Transhumanists involved in support for Orphan Technology & Education Project

Christian Transhumanists like Dorothy Deasy have joined together with BrighterBrains to help support charitable and educational projects for orphans in Africa. To donate yourself, click to GoFundMe.com (Eggs for Orphans --- Uganda) — you'll get a wonderful Thank You photo in return, like the one below.


Towards a Relational Transhumanism

H+ magazine ran Micah Redding's response to Zoltan Istvan's radically individualist "three laws of transhumanism", arguing that the truly transhumanist future will be built on the recognition of interdependence and relationality.

http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/10/02/relational-transhumanism-interdependence-rule-exception/




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