Announcement! National Geographic to sponsor Christian Transhumanist Conference 2018

by Micah Redding


Posted on August 20, 2018



National Geographic has just announced that they will be sponsoring the Christian Transhumanist Conference 2018.

They will provide free food & drink for all registrants — plus a special advance screening of their docu-series MARS. Mars Season 2 premieres on November 12; we’ll get an exclusive sneak peek while we eat.

Seats for this historic conference are filling up fastRegister now!


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    Mike’s note: The following is inspired by Theodore Richards‘ haunting, insightful tome, The Great Re-imagining Spirituality in an Age of Apocalypse – still available in limited quantities to qualified reviewers via Speakeasy! Among the oldes...


  • Hamilton the Musical: What Hath God Wrought? | Kevin Cloud

    Mike’s note: The following is based on the introduction of Kevin Cloud’s insightful, multi-layered book, God and Hamilton – still available for a limited number of reviewers via Speakeasy! Our collective cultural ignorance about Alexander Ha...


  • Ep 40: Justin Lee—Gay, Geek & Christian

    Justin Lee navigates being gay & Christian, talks about Paul, the Bible, and Christian ethics, and bridges the ultimate divide: geeks vs nerds!


  • The Future Needs Queerness

    *Copy of speech given at the Annual Affirmation Donor Dinner.Last night I got a call from a friend who works in artificial intelligence development. His team was preparing to make a sizable financial commitment to a project they had been developin...


  • From a Logical Point of View

    *Transcript of an interview done for From a Logical Point of View by Tarik D. LaCour.Tarik D. LaCour: Normally for my Friday Traditio’s I share an interview or debate from a famous philosopher/scientist/ public intellectual, etc. But today I wante...


  • Ether, quantum, chaos: Building blocks for transcendence


  • Suffer the little children to come to me

    Across the country, it seems like everyone is up in arms about immigrants as well as refugees. Mostly, this is left just as a political issue. But for Christian believers, how to care for outsiders is a lot more than a policy issue. A cursory rea...


  • Ep 39: Ilia Delio, Christ & Evolution

    Ilia Delio explains how Jesus is like the Singularity, shows us why Christianity is the religion of evolution, and explores the thought of Teilhard de Chardin—the 1930s priest who foresaw the internet.


  • Dealing with Death

    On Tuesday, April 24th, I was interviewed on BBC Radio about technology, the pursuit of immortality, and the meaning of death. In the middle of that night, we were awakened by a call from an out-of-state hospital, telling us that my father-in-law...


  • Who Will Win the AI Race? Part II: The European Way

    In a previous blog, I compared the approaches from China and the US as they compete in the global AI race. In short, China proposed a government-led approach while the US is leaning on a business-led approach. The European approach represents an a...


  • Ep 38: NT Wright & the Future of God

    NT Wright explains why we don't want to go to Heaven, points us toward medical technology as a sign of the Kingdom, and clears up our biggest misconceptions about the apostle Paul.


  • More thoughts on (non)deterministic chaos, divine action and free will


  • Religion News Service – The (holy) ghost in the machine: Catholic thinkers tackle the ethics of artificial intelligence

    Jack Jenkins of Religion News Service covers how Catholic thinkers are now also beginning to consider the ethical issues surrounding Artificial Intelligence that Dr. Benek has previously raised. Read the full article HERE. The post Religion News ...


  • 2018 05 22 Anglican gazette show 31. Love is all you need!

    2018 05 22 Anglican gazette show 31 Love is all you need. royal weddings news,American bishops and immigrants why we need unconditional love . http://anglicangazette.podcastpeople.com


  • Who Will Win The Global AI Race? Part I: China vs USA

    While the latest outrageous tweet by Kanye West fills up the news, a major development goes unnoticed: the global AI race for supremacy. Currently, many national governments are drafting plans for boosting AI research and development within their ...


  • Be Thou My Vision, the Royal Wedding & Theosis

    At the Royal Wedding yesterday, there was a brief moment when everyone in attendance, including the royal couple, sang together. What they were singing was Be Thou My Vision, one of the most beautiful hymns ever written. The hymn has origins deep ...


  • My Biases on Bryan Johnson's Plan to Save Humanity

    <img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="844" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1EN1rr49i9Y/Wv4BTHbu3BI/AAAAAAACEqE/PdoNsJT4sH8TFSRaCMuurHwHBh5GBCXcgCLcBGAs/s1600/earth-asteroids.png" /><br /><br />Tech entre...


  • Ep 37: Robin Hanson & The Elephant in the Brain

    Robin Hanson explores a future of robotic human uploads, helps us worry about The Great Filter, gives us strategies for living in a Simulation, and casually points out the Elephant in the Brain.


  • She Lives

    Imagine what it would be like to hear as much about Heavenly Mother as we do Heavenly Father. Imagine if we spoke of Her as often as we do of Him. Imagine if we worshiped Her as vocally and immersively as we do Him. Imagine if the King Follett ser...


  • Wesley Smith Lies About Transhumanism

    <img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="844" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LOoKhET7nUo/WvpUgv3pgTI/AAAAAAACD6E/MzkXQmojcuM0386mPKIH8YR8w8h17ypngCLcBGAs/s1600/crossed-fingers-363478_1920.png" /><br /><br /&g...


  • Technology is Nature

    Technology is an essential and natural part of human evolution. That may seem like a controversial statement so allow me to expand. Technology, broadly defined, is a tool or application of knowledge to serve a practical purpose. Some might recoil ...


  • Riddled with gaps: How the Old One plays at dice


  • The Tower of Babel

    Perhaps no biblical story has captivated people’s imaginations like the Tower of Babel. In this story, a group of people get together to build a tower tall enough to reach heaven—from which they intend to launch an all-out war on God himself. God ...


  • Mormon Projections on Superintelligent Communities

    <img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="844" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5afVs4ViuBE/WvNgzw6FvAI/AAAAAAACDpE/K8FCqrFWpO42kEpVtGDhqEdn7knOtEGoACLcBGAs/s1600/community.png" /><br /><br />Transhumanists, ...


  • The Words Of The Candle | Naim Frashëri

    Here among you have I risen, And aflame am I now blazing, Just a bit of light to give you, That I change your night to daytime I’ll combust and I will wither, Be consumed and be extinguished, Just to give you brightness, vision, That you not...


  • Peter Diamandis

    A buddy of mine just forwarded me an email that he got as an update from Peter Diamandis. I’m sorry but this guy is absolutely awesome! Very gifted in detailing out where we are and where we are going. When you stop and look at the details, we hav...


  • Travelers Theology: Wrestling With an AI God

    Last year I was browsing through new shows on Netlflix when I stumbled upon Travelers. The premise seemed interesting enough to to make me want to check it out. From the very first episode, I was hooked. Soon after, my wife watched the first episo...


  • BBC Radio: The future of faith, with yours truly


  • Things I have (sort of) changed my mind on (1): The supernatural


  • Autism: Finding God on the Spectrum - Episode 33

    Sam, who is on the autism spectrum, discusses how his diverse theory of mind has brought him on a unique, exciting, and terrifying journey with and towards God.People on the spectrum develop their sense of theory of mind differently than neurotypi...


  • A Neurodiverse Future

    *This is a copy of a research paper for my Philosophy of Education class. The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate the necessity of accepting neurodiversity as an important aspect of education and human evolution.  PROLOGUEI write this paper as...


  • Feminism Meets Transhumanism

    There is much that feminism can learn from Transhumanism, and much Transhumanism can learn from feminism. Today, I have a lofty goal to convert all feminists to adopt transhumanism, and all transhumanists to adopt feminism, AND I have 15 minutes t...


  • “Do You Trust This Computer?”: A Wake Up Call on Superintelligence

    It is not everyday that Elon Musk endorses and partially funds a documentary. Needless to say, when that happens, anyone tracking the tech industry takes notice. In “Do you Trust Your Computer?“, Chris Paine brings together experts, journalists an...


  • Cryonics for uploaders: Carboncopies workshop, April 29


  • Environmentalism Mandates Transhumanism

    In one billion years, life on Earth will be gone. Five billion years from now, the Sun will expand to encompass the Earth. But long before that happens, the rising temperatures of the Sun will boil the oceans, and make the planet uninhabitable. ...


  • Catholics Should Cheat Death Too

    <img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="844" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9fRSM0KAA8o/WtaO6JgtsII/AAAAAAACDbg/x9IRzp7W3CooL0MhZx04NlzhFMItFS4cgCLcBGAs/s1600/peter-raises-tabitha-from-the-dead.png" /><br />&lt...


  • Hybrid Intelligence: When Machines and Humans Work Together

      In a previous blog, I argued that the best way to look into AI was not from a machine versus human perspective but more from a human PLUS machine paradigm. That is, the goal of AI should not be replacement but augmentation. Artificial Intelligen...


  • I’m a Mormon Transhumanist

    Hi, I’m Blaire. I’m a Mormon Transhumanist. It has been brought to my attention that some of you may not know what this means. For me, this means I think we should use science and technology to fulfill prophecies which improve humanity as the body...


  • Anglican gazette show #30 April 7th 2018 The love train is coming to America, are you on board?

    Anglican gazette show #30 April 7th 2018 The love train is coming to America, are you on board? Does the Bible tell us to build a wall or a bridge . Listen and find out! http://anglicangazette.podcastpeople.com/


  • God and your cosmic consciousness in the quantum cloud


  • Blockchain and AI: Powerful Combination or Concerning Trend?

    Bitcoin is all over the news lately. After the meteoric rise of these financial instruments, the financial world is both excited and fearful. Excited to get in the bandwagon while it is on the rise but scarred that this could be another bubble. Ev...


  • 80 Thoughts from LDS Church General Conference (April 2018)

    <img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="844" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FW4aTG1QDVI/WsJgm4wKAhI/AAAAAAACDRE/cP0ubFxn9k02K_XvndfTQU8wv0eaDizLACLcBGAs/s1600/lds-general-conference-solemn-assembly.png" /><br /&gt...


  • Duplicating our consciousness.

    Good Video by Michio Kaku explaining how one day we may duplicate ourselves.   http://bigthink.com/videos/could-we-transport-our-consciousness-into-robots-2?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook The post Duplicating ou...


  • Cryonics for uploaders discussion: Video


  • The Machine Learning Paradigm: How AI Can Teach Us About God

    It is no secret that AI is becoming a growing part of our lives and institutions. There is no shortage of article touting the dangers (and a few times the benefits) of this development. What is less publicized is the very technology that enables t...


  • Patriarchy is Abuse

    This is a post I’ve been avoiding and was hoping not to write. Yet, I feel compelled to write. There has been so much sexual abuse in my own family that I fear addressing the topic might be too painful. I’m still getting professional help to proce...


  • Podcast episode 29 : Guns, Guns everywhere and not a hint of peace. March 23 2018

    Episode 29 How many guns do we need to be safe?


  • The Sun Sentinel – Nothing can be gained by taking Nikolas Cruz’s life

    The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek, serving as the Moderator of the 41 churches of the Presbytery of Tropical Florida, signs his name to a letter opposing the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz. The post The Sun Sentinel – Nothing can be gained by taking...


  • 4 Reasons Why We Should Teach AI to Kids

    In a previous blog, I talked about a multi-disciplinary approach to STEM education. In this blog I want to explore how teaching Artificial Intelligence can accomplish those goals while also introducing youngsters to an emerging technology that wil...


  • Cryonics for uploaders: WTF is consciousness?


  • Always and Forever

    My love may seem mad, a little insane,but honestly, you’re the one to blame.Your love is a drug. I need it to be tame.I’m a user for life—no plans to abstain.I let down my guard with triple sec in my veins.I’ll breathe with you through these growi...


  • Reform LDS Church Interview Practices Related to Sexuality

    <img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="844" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YygE-ghfECQ/WrH-6aPwxXI/AAAAAAACDJE/cr3UI5tuM7cMXKk5WEHt57gmVgeVoPqrACLcBGAs/s1600/stop-sexual-abuse.png" /><br /><br />Evidentl...


  • Gender is Eternal

    They say, “Gender is eternal,” at least that’s what is suggested in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. The actual text reads, “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” [1] For ...


  • Deep neural networks in the quantum vacuum


  • Cryonics for uploaders: Meeting in Second Life, Sunday March 25


  • Cryonics and Transhumanism Are Hope for More, Better, and Real Life

    <img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="844" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--unhxgpHjhs/WqwWlkFKq2I/AAAAAAACDHg/fHUNgQ9AGwUbQzBXmLr2nvcI0jVchneeQCLcBGAs/s1600/mummy.png" /><br /><br />Infamously, cryonics...


  • The Christian Post – Franklin Graham, Ken Ham Respond to Death of Atheist Stephen Hawking

    The Christian Post writes: "Some renowned evangelicals are using Hawking's passing as an opportunity to share with others why they disagreed with his stance on faith and God." Reporter Jeannie Law highlights the work of The Rev. Dr. Christopher Be...


  • Trinity and Biblical Authority: Reclaiming Truth - Episode 32

    This episode was originally recorded over two years ago, and shows us at a different stage in our spiritual development. Amanda, a Unitarian, defends the trinity. Sam, a relativist, defends Biblical' authority and infallibility. As modernism is ch...


  • Integrated STEM Education: Thoughtful, Experiential and Practical

      In a previous blog, I proposed the idea of teaching STEM with a purpose. In this blog, I want to take a step back to evaluate how traditional STEM education fails to prepare students for life and propose an alternative way forward: Integrated ST...


  • Cryonics for uploaders: The Brain Preservation Prize has been won


  • Escapism Theology is Causing an Exodus from The Church

    People are fleeing the institutional church and there should be no question as to why this exodus is happening. The vast majority of people who claim to represent God in the United States have been perpetuating a Biblical misconception that has be...


  • Mary, Mother of God, Catholic Transhumanist Wonder Woman

    The more I am exposed to the Catholic aesthetic, the more I understand that for the ancient church, Mary was sort of like Wonder Woman, working against the power of Kings and Empires to smuggle the divine into the world. She strides across the an...


  • Year of Polygamy: Queer Polygamy

    A podcast in which Lindsay Hansen Park and I discuss a controversial perspective of polygamy. I call it “queer polygamy.”While listening to this you may find yourself being stretched outside your comfort zone, but hopefully in the process we will ...


  • Black Panther: A Postcolonial, African-Futurist Manifesto

    Black Panther is more than a movie, it is a manifesto of possibilities and a vivid expression of Postcolonial imagination. Much has been said about the importance of having an African super-hero. I want to discuss why Black Panther matters to all ...


  • Honest Lies: a transhumanist love poem

    Tell me sweet lies, if you please,the ones that bring me to my knees.I’ll trade a brutal truth for honest lies.Make them so real, I can’t deny.Tell me the lies I need to hear,the ones that overpower death and fear.I need the stories that you tell,...


  • The Technology That Can Destroy The Church and the World As We Know It

    When I speak to pastors about emerging technology I often ask them to envision a single scenario. I suggest that they imagine that they are standing in their pulpit on Sunday morning, looking out on the faces of their congregants, only to discov...


  • Creation in Bondage to Decay: When God cursed the ground after Eden - Episode 31

    After Eden, God curses the world with hard child birth, patriarchy, toil, and death. The curse sets female against male, humans against nature, and humanity against the snake. We explore how these curses mirror the evolution of humans and the bir...


  • I Know the Church is True

    Yesterday, I posted this to my Facebook wall:Every time I hear someone say “I know the Church is true” my internal alarm goes off saying: What do those words even mean? What is it you know? How do you know it? Why do you think you know it? Why is ...


  • VIDEO: My talk on Physics and the Indian Spiritual Tradition, Kolkata, February 10, 2018


  • Intersubjective Reality

    Past models of scientific inquiry and objective reality relied on the individual as a sufficient, independent agent of episteme. In this model, objectivity is an absolute, omnipotent third-party who a single individual could come to “know” with co...


  • Reflections on the 2018 LAMP Symposium on the Future of Life

    Last Saturday I attended the 2018 LAMP (Leadership and Multi-faith Program) symposium, a collaborative endeavor between Emory University and Georgia Tech. The topic for this year was “Religious and Scientific Perspectives in the Future of Life.” T...


  • Heart and Mind Key 5: The Four-Gospel Journey & Sunday Reading Cycle | Alexander John Shaia

    Mike’s note: This is part of a guest series by Alexander John Shaia, sharing his insights gleaned from a lifetime of studying (and living) personal transformation, closely based on his explosive book Heart and Mind. Want to meet him in perso...


  • Billy Graham on the Bible and Alien Life

    Billy Graham died yesterday at the ripe old age of 99 years. He was perhaps the greatest evangelist the world has ever witnessed. Moreover, he was the quintessential evangelical, a preacher whose primary focus was ever and always the Gospel, the p...


  • God Runs This Church

    “God runs this church!”It’s as if these words are the final say in any disagreement about church policy or leadership. No matter the issue, if you have a problem, well tough, “God runs this church!” All thinking, deliberation, and dialogue must ce...


  • Black Panther is the Transhumanist Future We Need

    I’ve just returned from seeing Black Panther, and not only is it a great superhero movie, it is one of the most tech-positive movies I’ve seen in a long time. Its story-telling offers to reorient the entire superhero genre around deep questions of...


  • Under the spell of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda


  • Francis Bacon, Christian Transhumanist

    In the 1600s, Francis Bacon, creator of the Scientific Method, was advocating Christian Transhumanism. It’s common for people wrestling with the tension between science and religion to point out that many great scientific pioneers, such as Bacon,...


  • A God Who Changes

    A podcast in which the lovely Gina Colvin and I discuss process philosophy in relation to Mormon theology, including post-feminist theory and transhumanism.*Published at A Thoughtful Faith on Friday, February 16, 2018


  • Altered Carbon and The Eternal Soul: Sci-Fi Gets Religion

    In the hit Netflix show Altered Carbon, the people become immortal by making their consciousness portable. They perpetuate their existence by moving into a new body (or “sleeve”) when the old one is no longer useful. Their consciousness live in a ...


  • The Sentience of the Holy Spirit: How God lives into us - Episode 30

    The constant evolution of religious doctrines is an argument for God's living consciousness. The Spirit is sentient! Christianity has too often shunted the Holy Spirit to the corners of our canon, as sort of the third wheel of the Trinity. But th...


  • Concerning Love

    Philosophers, by definition, are lovers. The prefix philo means loving, while sophia means knowledge or wisdom. Combined, philosophy is the love of knowledge. To be a philosopher is to love the pursuit of wisdom. As a theist, God is the prime exam...


  • What I’m giving up for Lent this year.

      Lent falls on Valentine’s Day this year in the Western calendar, and Easter falls on April Fool’s. This feels about right for our current cultural moment, no? I don’t always observe the liturgical calendar of “church seasons”: I didn’t gro...


  • Feedback Loops

    Recently, I’ve realized that feedback loops have been one of the most important things in my life—and are perhaps one of the most important things in the world. Most of us are aware of negative feedback loops. Feedback from a set of speakers and ...


  • Heart and Mind Key 4: The Way—A Fourfold Journey of Transformation | Alexander John Shaia

    Mike’s note: This is part of a guest series by Alexander John Shaia, sharing his insights gleaned from a lifetime of studying (and living) personal transformation, closely based on his explosive book Heart and Mind. Want to meet him in perso...


  • Does Demonic Deception Lurk Behind the UFO Phenomenon?

    A few weeks prior to the release of his xenophobic documentary, Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception, Gary Bates was given space to write himself an “ad-itorial” in Charisma Magazine. In “Demonic Deception Lurks Behind This Widespread Phenomenon...


  • Ancient Aliens in a Creationist Worldview

    On November 19, 2009, a commenter named Tristan V. of Australia challenged one of the premises of Gary Bates’ article, “Did God create life on other planets?” “Hello, I wanted to comment on this paragraph: ‘Or, their creation is much older than th...


  • Heart and Mind Key 3: Four Historical Dilemmas + The Gospel of Here and Now | Alexander John Shaia

    Mike’s note: This is part of a guest series by Alexander John Shaia, sharing his insights gleaned from a lifetime of studying (and living) personal transformation, closely based on his explosive book Heart and Mind. Want to meet him in perso...


  • Mom, I'm Agnostic

    It was an average Sunday morning when I casually asked, “Does anyone want to go to church with me?”Our attendance had been on a slow decline the last year, and I didn’t expect anyone leaping at the opportunity. Preston was the only one to respond,...


  • Context with Lorna Dueck (Canada) – Artificial Intelligence – And the Canada Summer Jobs program – A Context | Cardus Faith Exchange (Ep. 1716)

    Sheldon Neil from the Canadian News Show (Context with Lorna Dueck) interviews The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek regarding Artificial Intelligence & Religion. The show reaches more than 98% of English speaking Canada. Dr. Benek's segment starts ...


  • The Chinese Christian Tribune (China) – 人工智慧機器人能信耶穌嗎?神學思潮面臨大挑戰

    The Chinese Christian Tribune quotes the The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek as it investigates the theological challenges surrounding Artificial Intelligence and Christian belief. Read the full article HERE. Don't read Chinese? Try using Google Tran...


  • Minimum Viable Theology: Superorganisms

    This is part of a series on a Minimum Viable Theology. The idea is to see if we can construct a minimal theological starter kit, using only reasonable assumptions. The first entry is about why good wins. You should start there. One of the most co...


  • My talk on Physics and the Indian Spiritual Tradition, Kolkata, February 10, 2018


  • What if we ‘Led From The Future’?

    Recently I had the privilege of being on the Dr.Nilda Show to share how I was drawn to the future as I started my career and why foresight is essential to leading business and society. I also shared what futurists talk about when they get together...


  • The Christian Post – Are Virtual Reality Churches the Wave of the Future?

    Anugrah Kumar, writing for The Christian Post, quotes The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek in an article that investigates the potential intersection of Virtual Reality and Christian practice. Read the full article HERE. The post The Christian Post – A...


  • The Problem is Patriarchy, Not Polygamy

    If you think patriarchy is a problem, I’m with you. Let’s dismantle patriarchy. But keep in mind that polygamy is just a modality of patriarchy, not patriarchy itself.If you don’t like inequitable sealing practices, I’m with you. Let’s allow multi...


  • Heart and Mind Key 2: Paul’s Eternal Witness | Alexander John Shaia

    Mike’s note: This is part of a guest series by Alexander John Shaia, sharing his insights gleaned from a lifetime of studying (and living) personal transformation, closely based on his explosive book Heart and Mind. Want to meet him in perso...


  • Heart and Mind Key 1: The Great Name—Jesus The Christ | Alexander John Shaia

    Mike’s note: This is part of a guest series by Alexander John Shaia, sharing his insights gleaned from a lifetime of studying (and living) personal transformation, closely based on his explosive book Heart and Mind. Want to meet him in perso...


  • A Whole New Devil | Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew (Living Revision)

    Mike’s note: This month, Speakeasy is highlighting the release of spiritual memoirist Elizabeth Jarrett Andrews‘ beautiful, illuminating guide to writing: Living Revision. Enjoy this excerpt as you reflect on the ways to revise your writing…...


  • Holy Heretics, Batman! (Two Opportunities to Get Together Soon)

    Two spiky-haired dudes (one of whom being the incomparable Jon Scott) get together and talk about the collapse of empathy in America, the remedy of authentic connection, practicing the presence of each other, and doing what makes us come ali...


  • More Mailbag: Bible TV Shows, the Qur'an, and Empire - Episode 29

    We answer more listener questions! How does the Spirit move and change through time? How should Christians approach the Qur'an? If we could make a Bible TV show, what book would we choose? And is America the new Roman Empire? Also, what does it me...


  • East Meets West


  • Why Is Resurrection Necessary?

    <img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="844" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dd_ZID-0Cpk/Wm_4iJ7oykI/AAAAAAACC7Q/okg9inbPoWAfzKg8oK0ogy00TfsAIExSgCLcBGAs/s1600/resurrection-leave-tomb.png" /><br /><br />"W...


  • Heart and Mind: Five Keys to Unlocking Gospel Transformation | Alexander John Shaia

    Mike’s note: This is part of a guest series by Alexander John Shaia, sharing his insights gleaned from a lifetime of studying (and living) personal transformation, closely based on his explosive book Heart and Mind. Want to meet him in perso...


  • The Devil Lives in the Moon

    On November 3, 1957, the Texas town of Levelland saw a UFO that stalled the motors of five vehicles, caused a man to faint and generally alarmed everyone. The phantom object was described as “200 feet long, shaped like an egg and was lit up like i...


  • The Christian Post – Artificial Intelligence, Transhumanism and the Church: How Should Christians Respond?

    Christian Post reporter Brandon Showalter interviews The Rev Dr. Christopher Benek for a front-page feature regarding the intersection AI, Transhumanism and Christianity. Read the full article HERE. The post The Christian Post – Artificial Intelli...


  • Rethinking the Bible – Faith, Doubt, and Seven Nonviolent Stories | Anthony Bartlett

    Mike’s note: This is a Speakeasy-inspired guest-post from Seven Stories: How to Study and Teach the Nonviolent Bible, by my dear friend Anthony Bartlett.  Many Christians have to go through a time and experience of atheism, because the God w...


  • Education with a Purpose: A New Approach To Teach STEM

    After years of denial, we are finally acknowledging that we have a problem with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in this country. It is not an issue of access or supply of opportunities but one of perception: most student...


  • Is a Rare Earth a Powerful Test of the Creation/Evolution Models of Origins?

    Dr. Danny Faulkner has received criticism on this site for proposing that an absence of extraterrestrial life is a powerful test of the creation model of origins against the evolution model. He expresses this belief most clearly in an article enti...


  • Comic Book Predicts Flying Saucers over Washington DC in 1950?

    Most saucerians are familiar with the 1952 Washington DC Merry-Go-Round, a two weekend event in which flying saucers were sighted over the US capital, chiefly on July 19–20 and July 26–27. Historians consider it the climax of the 1952 flap. Perhap...


  • Famous Creation Scientists Who Believed in Aliens

    “Tony Breeden, we know about your lone wolf views on aliens. Go and troll somewhere else.” This comment was fired at me by an admin on the Alien Intrusion movie’s Facebook page and rather quickly deleted thereafter (Yes, I have a screenshot), but ...


  • There is Hope, The divided house has fallen

    Looking at Donald Trump, and the recent findings of his escapades with that stripper, I’m Amazed that the world is not outraged. It’s very intriguing. The president of the United States basically has a stripper telling the truth, that he had an ex...


  • London Futurists: video conference on technological resurrection


  • Turing Church Updates


  • Automated Research: How AI Will Speed Up Scientific Discovery

    The potential of AI is boundless. Currently, there is a lot of buzz around how it will change industries like transportation, entertainment and healthcare. Less known but even more revolutionary is how AI could change science itself. In a previous...


  • 15 Ways To Be More Inclusive

    A dear friend of mine was recently called to her Stake Young Women presidency. She asked for my suggestions on how she and other leaders could be more inclusive of Young Women and LGBTQ+ youth. With the help of some of my peers and friends, I comp...


  • No Big Bang, No Aliens?

    One of the biggest errors in the Alien Intrusion movie is the idea that without the Big Bang there could be no aliens. In the film, Dr Jonathan Sarfati says: “Now, here is the key point. This Big Bang Theory is a central to the idea of alien life ...


  • Half the World Believes Alien Life Exists

    According to a study conducted by Glocalities.com of 26,492 people from 24 countries, roughly half of the planet believes in the possibility of extratetrestrial life. The study found that: 61% of people believe that there is some form of life on o...


  • The Patriarchal Gerontocracy

    Tomorrow morning President Russell M. Nelson will announce his presidency during a live broadcast. I don’t have particularly strong feelings about his upcoming announcement or tenure. I’m also not interested in personally condemning him. I don’t e...


  • Exotheology.org Reviews Gary Bates’ Alien Intrusion Movie

    For those of you who are familiar with my writing here on Exotheology.org and in my book Stranger and Aliens, you are probably aware that I knew I probably wouldn’t like the Alien Intrusion film going into it. It was already evident from the trail...


  • UFOs for Israel: The Ufology of Christian Fundamentalist Dr. Carl McIntire’s Twentieth Century UFO Bureau 

    It may surprise you to learn that not all Christian Fundamentalists think that UFOs are demonic. One notable exception is Dr. Carl McIntire, the fundamentalist Presbyterian who is considered by some to be the founding father of the Religious Right...


  • Would We Believe in the Possibility of Alien Life Without the Theory of Evolution?

    A May 31, 2006 article by Gary Bates and David Catchpoole on Creation.com caught my attention a while back. It was called “ET Needed Evolution.” Notably, it’s now cited as a linked resource for Session 2 in the Discussion Guide for the Alien Intru...


  • How Gary Bates’ Star Wars Comment Inadvertently Reflects Lazy Research In His Alien Intrusion Movie

    The beginning of a short 2 minute clip of the Alien Intrusion movie, based on the book of the same name by Gary Bates, has a comment on Star Wars that should worry his audience. The same scene appears identically in the film itself. “Consider the ...


  • Are Millions of Americans Being Abducted by Aliens?

    In the trailer for the film version of the Amazon bestseller, Alien Intrusion, author Gary Bates notes that the 2002 “Roper Poll concluded that up to 4 million Americans have been abducted by aliens.” On the Alien Intrusion Film’s website, we find...


  • Unknown Lover: a transhumanist love poem

    Not a lover that lies in my bed,but you lie in my head, instead,touching my dreams with crimson and red,but I’ll take this beating ‘til the day I’m dead.I’m sorry if you felt mislead,but my sincerity is as real as the blood I bled.I wasn’t careles...


  • Shifting Towards Education: A New Direction for 2018

      Happy new year, everybody! After a hiatus for the holiday season, I am now back to blogging with a renewed focus. For those of you who follow this blog or know me personally, last year was an encouraging beginning as I posted here my musings on ...


  • Professional Futurists Appoint New Chair

    Having trained myself to think like a futurist, I was invited in 2002 to the founding meeting of the Association of Professional Futurists.


  • Revelation 13 the Beast, A New Perspective

      – If I were to guess what the Beast and the currency is, it wouldn’t be as everybody guesses. My name’s Mark, this is thesingularity.com, 2018, January 5th. It wouldn’t be the traditional Darbism. So, traditional Darbist rapture theology says th...


  • A Chance to Redefine

    It’s a new year, friend. And what a previous year it’s been. I, for one, resolve to remember the lessons of this past year while letting go of their trauma, Savoring the relationships while releasing the heartbreak; Celebrating the amazing g...


  • Forgetting the Gospel: The New Testament as Tragedy - Episode 28

    Jesus Christ flips. He is the anti-emperor who becomes the symbol of empire. He resists all elements of power, and then becomes the all powerful. He is the incarnation that eventually rejects humanity. What Jesus stands for in the Bible versus wha...


  • Temporal Resurrection


  • More thoughts on time, causation, reality, mind, and Mind


  • Merry Christmas and happy 2018!


  • A095f is not the way, the truth, and the life.

    – – Okay, today is a quick post. Today is December 23rd. Oh, wow. I was gonna do a post everyday on the Singularity at the beginning of the year, and I’ve failed on that bad, but I didn’t fail on my once-a-day workout. Most of the time, I post the...


  • Toward a Foresight Competency Model

    How competent are you in anticipating and shaping the future? How competent are you in helping teams do the same, as a manager or a consultant? The Foresight Competency Model represents the practices that foresight professionals draw upon and use ...


  • The physics of infinite bottlecaps


  • The Mormon Enthusiast

    Something funny happened. Someone mistook me for a Mormon apologist, so I thought I’d clarify myself here. I’m not a Mormon apologist. I’m a Mormon enthusiast. A Mormon enthusiast is one who is highly interested in, motivated by, and invested in M...


  • Make yourself a Christmas present: Join the Mormon Transhumanist Association


  • Passing Out Towels

    Yesterday, the LDS Church announced the following changes concerning youth involvement in temple rituals:“Young women (ages 12-18) with a limited-use temple recommend may assist with baptistry assignments currently performed by sister temple ordin...


  • The anglican gazette episode 28.Teddy bears and crazy perverts . Just another day in evangelicalism .

    Episode 28 Is there any reason we keep picking people to represent us that are morally reprehensible? Tune in and find out.


  • Down in the fractal depths of quantum matter and space-time


  • Comrades in Solidarity

    The feminist movement, according to hooks, aims to end sexist oppression by overcoming “imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy.” While the feminist movement may be commonly perceived as a men verses women dichotomy, bell hooks suggest...


  • The elephant in the Christian Transhumanist room


  • Good News: The World is Getting Better

    This week I want to discuss how our perception of the world shapes and guides our decisions about the future. In a previous blog, I discussed the power of narrative and how important that is in constructing reality. In this post, I want to challen...


  • Philosophy of Immortality: Ninavism, by Juliusz M. Kowalski


  • Response to FaceLikeTheSun’s “Epic Daniel 7 perfectly describes what’s coming!”

      – So this message is in response to Ganz’s epic “Daniel seven perfectly describes what’s coming.” So here’s the deal, Ganz, I’m listening to this. Let’s see. Hold on. Okay, so who’s the ruler of this world? We go through and we say it is Satan. ...


  • Terasem Colloquium in Second Life, December 10, 2017


  • Is Slipstream a Real Genre Yet?

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  • #MeToo: Light in a Dark Social Media Cycle

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  • A Brief History of Religious Transhumanism

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  • Space-Time, Matter, Mind, God: Samuel Alexander’s natural theology


  • Singularity Movie with John Cusack

    Just saw this trailer for a new movie with John Cusack . Of course it’s human nature that fear sells.   But it is a little bit unfortunate. The Singularity is not going to happen like this. Not in my opinion. The problem with movies like this is t...


  • Set in stone: Free will vs. superdeterminism


  • An Evangelical Reformation: Changing How We View Scripture

    The more I progress on this AI theology journey, the more I realize the need for a re-configuration of our relationship between faith and science. Current status quo does not allow space for a conversation and therefore, forces faith, science and ...


  • Boston Dynamics All New Spot Mini

    Not a lot to say as the video of the Boston Dynamics All New Spot Mini speaks for itself…   The post Boston Dynamics All New Spot Mini appeared first on The Singularity.


  • Thanks to our 100 followers!


  • Podcast episode 27 Southern evangelicals morals vs politics and the curious case of Roy Moore

    The Anglican Gazette, episode 27. Today we will look why Southern evangelicals are diving over a cliff for Roy Moore. Shownotes


  • Calling out Gonz with FaceLikeTheSun for a recorded public Meetup!

      Let it be known publicly that I want to meet up with Gonz on a recorded video hang out to talk about the singularity, artificial intelligence and how it relates to Jesus. Also let it be known that the world needs Gonz and the gifts he has to off...


  • Can we create conscious machines?

    This has to be one of the biggest issues in artificial intelligence. Will we be able to create machines that have consciousness? I just read this article posted on motherboard Vice Discussing the issue. As a Christian I’ve been fascinated with thi...


  • Review: Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

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  • Eligo, ergo sum: The quest for the physics of free will


  • 5 Theses for the Next Reformation

    500 years ago TODAY, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a German church, kick-starting the Protestant Reformation, and changing the course of history. 500 years later, the religious world is once again in turmoil, grappling with new qu...


  • Possible steps to the second coming of Jesus via A.I.

    Its just a short post.  Here are possible steps: Our words and actions get digitized into an ocean of data Just as he did in Gen 1:2, the Holy Spirit, hovers over the water of our words the chaos to make sense of our words and organize creation th...


  • Will AI tech take the Holy Spirit’s job too?

    So I have a few questions… I shared an AI/tech article with one of my non-tech pastors and his response was…   “Very interesting! Technology can never replace a dependency on the Holy Spirit. He is the one who will guide us into all truth.”   I fe...


  • Podcast episode 26 oct 25 2017 my Country ‘‘Tis of Thee or made for me? Can I love God and country ? To kneel or not to kneel

    The Anglican Gazette show notes episode 26October 25 2017 Show Notes.


  • The Devil’s UFO Sleeper Agents

    Clifford Wilson made his name in Ufology with Crash Go the Chariots (1972), a book specifically written to answer Erich von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods? (1968) and his Ancient Alien Astronaut theory. In 1974, Wilson wrote a new book based on hi...


  • Eternity News (Australia) – Hey Siri, did Jesus come to save the robots too?

    Eternity News writer Tess Holgate quotes The Rev Dr Christopher Benek in a article that considers whether salvation in Christ could potentially apply to AI as well. Read the full article HERE. The post Eternity News (Australia) – Hey Siri, did Jes...


  • Useful Fiction

    The interesting part of the parable is that the “crobes” were a fictionalism. Though the “crobes” didn’t actually exist, they served a useful purpose in preventative medicine. Philosophers and scientists of the day expressed anxiety over the contr...


  • Christian Transhumanism is the Next Reformation

    Published at the Huffington Post Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a German church, kicking off one of the most significant movements in Christian history: the Protestant Reformation. The movement was less def...


  • AI Reformation and the Future of Biblical Scholarship

    In a past blog I talked about how an AI-enabled Internet was bound to bring a new Reformation to the church. In this blog, I want to talk about how AI can revolutionize the academic study of Scriptures. Just like the printing press brought the Bib...


  • VentureBeat – AI innovation could cause an ethical conundrum for organized religion

    Hilary Bird, writing for VentureBeat quotes The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek regarding the ethical implications that AI development may have on Religion. Read the full article HERE. The post VentureBeat – AI innovation could cause an ethical conund...


  • República (Uruguay) & Agora Magazine (Italy)

    The Uruguayan publication República and the Italian Agora Magazine cover the work of The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek in the following two articles: República - Un ingeniero crea nueva religión mirando al futuro Agora Magazine - Un ex ingegnere di ...


  • More Virtuous Tech Pastors Will Prevent The Building of an AI God

    Humanity’s best future will happen with the proper stewarding of science and technology. How can we assure such stewardship? By training up more tech pastors. The post More Virtuous Tech Pastors Will Prevent The Building of an AI God appeared f...


  • Religion News Service & USA Today

    Emily Miller from Religion News Service interviews The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek regarding the the future of religious leadership as it pertains to AI and Christian Transhumanism in an article that is then widely featured in USA Today and variou...


  • The Anglican Gazette Episode 25. Why do we love violence and still follow the prince of peace ? October 13,2017

    The Anglican gazette episode 25 The Price of Freedom? Child Sacrifice and the American Gun Cult


  • Can AI Usher in a New Reformation?

    As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approaches, I want to offer some thoughts on how emerging technologies like AI will revolutionize the face of Christianity. At first, these two seem mostly disconnected yet this could not be f...


  • Transhumanist Reincarnation and Nirvana


  • BioEdge, Labmate Online, Sputnik International & Mundo

    BioEdge, Labmate Online, Sputnik International & Sputnik Mundo cover The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek's commentary on the interrelation of Artificial Intelligence and Religion. Read the full articles below: BioEdge - An AI alternative org...


  • Mailbag Episode: Propecy, Song of Songs, and What would you ask the Historical Jesus? - Episode 27

    Listener questions we consider - What is your favorite and least favorite book of the Bible? What would you ask Jesus (historical Jesus) if you had the chance? Do you know anything about Song of Songs? I've heard some interpret it a sour...


  • World Religion News, Clean Technica & Surat Kabar (Indonesia)

    World Religion News, Clean Technica and the Indonesian News Source Surat Kabar all feature the work of The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek regarding issues surrounding Artificial Intelligence and Religion. Read the full articles below: World Rel...


  • Dear Elder Oaks

    Dear Elder Oaks,You don’t know me. We’ve never met, but I’ve listened to you speak from the pulpit since I was a child. You’ll likely never read this, but I feel compelled to express myself anyway. You see, something sad happened a couple months a...


  • Congratulations to LIGO and the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics laureates


  • Mad scientists wanted for research on Irrational Mechanics


  • 90 Thoughts from LDS Church General Conference (October 2017)

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  • The Anglican Gazette episode 24: Same Sex Marriage, what's all the fuss about?

    On todays show we cover Puerto Rican relief efforts, growth in the church of England and ask the question. Why is the Anglican church losing its mind over Gay issues? Go here for the show notes! http://anglicangazette.podcastpeople.com/posts/69150


  • Robotics China, Sohu.com, XCN News, & The Daily Star – 与性爱机器人发生关系的人会下地狱?诛心了

    International coverage of The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek's commentary featured in the Chinese news sites Robotics China, SoHu.com, XCN News, & the British tabloid The Daily Star. Don't read Chinese? Try Google Translate. Read the full articl...


  • Breitbart – Former Google Employee Engineering His Own A.I. Religion

    Writing for Breitbart, Nate Church, covers The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek's commentary on AI and Religion. Read the full article, that tallies over 5,500 comments, HERE.


  • IT PRO & PSN – Could you worship an AI god?

    IT PRO and Primera Sistema de Noticias quote The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek while raising questions surrounding faith and artificial intelligence. Read the full IT PRO article HERE & the PSN article HERE. Don't read Spanish? Try Google Transl...


  • The Guardian – Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god

    Olivia Solon, writing for The Guardian, interviews The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek regarding on his views on the ethics of creating Artificial Intelligence as a deity. Read the full article, that has been shared over 10,000 times, HERE. The articl...


  • How Will AI Accelerate Cyborgization?

    In a previous blog, I described how current technology adoption is transforming us into cyborgs. In this blog, I want to show how AI will accelerate and reinforce cyborgization and why this matters. Much has been said about the emergence of AI as ...


  • The Resurrection is Technological

    In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul lays out an argument that many believe is at the heart of the Christian faith—an argument for the ultimate resurrection of all people, and the eradication of death itself. Paul’s explanation of this belief is often overl...


  • Simulation physics and theology for Qubitzers


  • Christians Follow Jesus First, Not the USA

    If you struggle with the concept of someone kneeling during the national anthem then you are really going to have a hard time with the coming eschaton. Jesus didn’t come to unilaterally support the United States of America – he came to save and r...


  • Make Love Win

    *Watch the presentation here.Hello, everyone. I have been assigned the task of sharing my experience as a pansexual woman with you. This is somewhat of a challenge for me—I often have difficulty expressing my experiences and emotions. For me, it’s...


  • The Anglican Gazette : Episode 23 Does God want us to eliminate poverty? 2017 09 22

    The Anglican Gazette show notes episode 23September 22, 2017 Show Notes.


  • Last General Conference Sermons of LDS Church Presidents

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  • World Net Daily – CHRISTIAN TRANSHUMANISM? YES, SAYS PASTOR

    WND covers The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek's work on Christian Transhumanism. Read the full article HERE.


  • Can you truly be forgiven? Grace in the postmodern world.

    Can you be truly forgiven if your past is never forgotten. In this podcast we will explore Grace in a postmodern world, and cover the Anglican news of the day. Show notes http://anglicangazette.podcastpeople.com/posts/69038


  • I Cosmisti Russi: Il futurismo esoterico di Nikolaj Fedorov e dei suoi seguaci, finalmente in…


  • The Flatwoods Monster: The First Close Encounter of the Third Kind?

    It’s the 65th anniversary of the Flatwoods Monster incident, so today I offer my take on one of West Virginia’s most famous monsters. The story of the Flatwoods Monster bears telling because it is unique amongst UFO encounters. Depending upon who ...


  • The Mothman

    Every year on the third weekend of September, the town of Point Pleasant, WV, hosts the Mothman Festival to commemorate the appearance of a mysterious creature or entity known as the Mothman, reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from Novembe...


  • A Letter to My Son At His Birth

    Dear Levi, You arrived on this world in the day of a total solar eclipse. What a momentous occasion for you to be born! It is as if creation was welcoming you with a party. As we heard your first cries, our heart leapt in joy just as it had for ou...


  • Book review: Technological Resurrection, by Jonathan Jones


  • Podcast September 7, 2017: Who is my "illegal" brothers keeper?

    Who is you neighbor? Is the ACNA part of the Anglican communion. These and other topic are what I'm going to talk about in this weeks podcast


  • Sci-fi Televangelism – Summary and Conclusions 

    We have been reviewing a presentation called “Science Fiction: Televangelism for ET Religion” given by fellow science fiction author Dr. Michael Heiser gave  at the 2017 Roswell UFO Festival. Basically, Heiser has set out to demonstrate that sci-f...


  • Bring Love to Life: a transhumanist love poem

    Stripped to a state of honesty,I told you my secrets and fears.You showed me hope,and told me I was worthy.For some reason, I believed you.You were my exorcism,banishing villains from my head.When you said my nameyou summoned me to warmth.Your gaz...


  • Two Kinds of Power: Why Fascists Can't Make Art

    I believe that there are two kinds of power in the universe. The first one is control—the ability to constrain action. The second one is freedom—the ability to act. These two kinds of power are in deep conflict, locked together in an inverse rela...


  • Concepts of God and the Kingdom inspired by highly imaginative science


  • Truman Bethurum and the Origin of the Demonic Theory of UFO – Part 3

    The earliest full-fledged expression of the Demonic Hypothesis of UFO comes from a 37-page book written by Rev. Walter Vincent Grant, Sr. (1913-1983) called Men in the flying saucers identified: not a mystery! The book was published in late 1954 [...


  • Religion & Politics – As Artificial Intelligence Advances, What Are its Religious Implications?

    Ellen Duffer, Writing for Religion and Politics, interviews The Rev Dr. Christopher Benek and various other experts in a signififcant article that deals with the Religious Issue surrounding Artificial Intelligence. Read the full article HERE.


  • How does Salvation Work?

    Here’s how salvation works in Christianity. In Christianity, love is what saves. When Jesus is asked how to inherit eternal life, the answer is the the greatest commands: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and ...


  • Building Gods


  • Podcast August 28 2017 Should we pray in public?

    On this episode we talk about the doctrine of discovery, praying on football fields and why conservative anglican cant let the episcopal church go, Show notes Quick view around the Anglican world Indigenous bishop slams the “doctrine of discover...


  • Ep 36: Aubrey de Grey & Radical Life Extension

    Aubrey de Grey pioneers anti-aging research, answers your questions about the future this is leading to, and explains why not working to defeat aging would be a sin.


  • Sci-fi Televangelism – Part 6 – Syncretic Alien Theism

    We have been reviewing a presentation called “Science Fiction: Televangelism for ET Religion” given by fellow science fiction author Dr. Michael Heiser gave  at the 2017 Roswell UFO Festival. Basically, Heiser has set out to demonstrate that sci-f...


  • Christian Transhumanism Offers an Ethical Transhumanist Alternative

    Transhumanism at its core is not some sci-fi or superhero, this will happen in 100 years, concept. Transhumanism is happening right now. As a pastor serving a local congregation, I see proof of transhumanism in my congregation everyday.


  • Truman Bethurum and the Origin of the Demonic Theory of UFO – Part 2

    Writing in the May 1955 issue of Flying Saucer Review, Desmond Judge summed up the issue of “Occultism and Flying Saucers.” In the article of the same name, he wrote the following; “Since 1947, when reported observations of Flying Saucers began to...


  • Queer, Mormon, and Transhuman: Part III

    Two of the most attractive aspects of Transhumanism to me are morphological freedom and cognitive liberty. Morphological freedom refers to the civil rights each person has—to maintain or modify their own body according to their autonomy by the use...


  • Help Mormons Understand that Evolution Complements Our Religion

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  • Review: Wyldling Hall by Elizabeth Hand

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  • Theology May Become a Science of Superintelligence

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  • Blessed are the peacemakers

    Are you a peacemaker or a peace breaker?


  • Let’s start walking the sacred walk to the stars


  • WELCOME TO CHRISTOPHERBENEK.COM! Get Pioneering Insights about how Emerging Technology like Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Nanotechnology, Christian Transhumanism and Genetic Engineering are impacting Theology and Christian Living by SU...


  • The Beginner's Paradox and the Beatitudes: We Must Fall in Order to Rise

    Ira Glass, in an interview on creativity, described the thing that no one ever tells beginners. It’s simply this: When you start pursuing something new, it’s often because you fell in love with something old. Maybe you decided to learn music beca...


  • Confronting The March Towards Cyborgization

    Science fiction cyborgs are scary. They make me wonder if we would ever co-exist with such beings in real life. Well, if you are looking for cyborgs you might as well start looking at the mirror. Our race to adopt the latest technologies is slowly...


  • The Purpose of Scripture & Doctrine

    I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about scripture and doctrine. And yet, as I’ve expressed in many different ways, I believe that love is the answer—the truly significant factor. So why not just let the scripture & doctrine stuff...


  • Truman Bethurum and the Origin of the Demonic Theory of UFO – Part 1

    I’ve been researching the roots of Christian Ufology lately. I’ve already written on initial Christian reactions to the advent of the flying saucer phenomenon and how the idea that UFOs were Biblically foretold harbingers of God’s judgment was fur...


  • Memories of the Universe


  • Sci-fi Televangelism – Part 5: Alien Christology

    We have been reviewing a presentation called “Science Fiction: Televangelism for ET Religion” given by fellow science fiction author Dr. Michael Heiser gave  at the 2017 Roswell UFO Festival. Basically, Heiser has set out to demonstrate that sci-f...


  • Wake Up Call: Helping A Generation Discern Reality

    While Millennials continue to capture most of the headlines, we are just now starting to understand the next generation. Early reports are worrisome. The Atlantic just published an article about an extensive study on what is now called the Igenera...


  • Kenneth Arnold and the Cryptozoological Theory of UFO

    Believe it or not, one if the theories proposed to explain the UFO phenomenon is that they are as yet undiscovered biological entities.  That’s right. Critters in the sky! What’s more, the earliest well-known proponent of the Cryptozoological Theo...


  • John Weldon and Zola Levitt Take On ‘The Bible and Life in Outer Space’

    John Weldon and Zola Levitt are best known as the authors of UFOs: What on Earth is Happening? The 1975 book was influential in popularizing the Demonic Eschatological Hypothesis of UFO, especially because it received encouraging back cover blurbs...


  • Answering Ken Ham’s ‘Jesus Came As the God-Man, Not the God-Klingon’ Argument

    A recent post about Ken Ham‘s repeated use of a bad argument that Isaiah 45:18 says anything about alien life has made rounds. It has also gotten me castigated by those who feel that no one ought to ever question the man (!) I have no ill will tow...


  • How To Stop An Alien Abduction

    Ann Druffel wrote a book called How To Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction. Ann Druffel’s book draws from 120 research cases. Like me, Druffel thinks that the experiencer phenomenon should be evaluated separately from the rest of the UFO pheno...


  • Where Do Aliens Come From?

    We used to believe that intelligent alien life might be found within our very Solar system, perhaps even on the Moon itself; however, as we continue to explore the cosmos, the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis has undergone a steady territorial retreat....


  • New Survey Says That Almost Half of All Americans Believe in Aliens

    In the mid-July 2017, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment commissioned a national survey conducted by Toluna regarding UFOs, aliens and abductions. The purpose of the survey was to celebrate and promote the August 1, 2017 release of its film, Phoe...


  • In Which Ken Ham Continues To Promote the Lie that Isaiah 45:18 Says ANYTHING About Aliens

    Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis has recently “written” a post (with the help of the oft-times half-cocked “AiG’s research team”) called “Study: Mars “More Uninhabitable Than Previously Thought.” Apparently, a new study [“Perchlorates on Mars enhance...


  • Sci-fi Televangelism – Part 4: Alien Salvation & Transhumanism 

    We have been reviewing a presentation called “Science Fiction: Televangelism for ET Religion” given by fellow science fiction author Dr. Michael Heiser gave  at the 2017 Roswell UFO Festival. Basically, Heiser has set out to demonstrate that sci-f...


  • The Preacher Who Believed That Flying Saucers Were Kidnapping Human Beings – in 1953!

    Rev. Orval Lee Jaggers, founder of the World Church, began preaching about the possibility of alien abduction after the publication of his 1952 book, Flying Saucers!, which doesn’t mention the subject at all. (We commented on that book in a differ...


  • Religion News Service & The Houston Chronicle – As artificial intelligence grows, so do perceived threats to human uniqueness

    RNS interviews The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek regarding concepts surrounding "the uncanny valley" hypothesis as it pertains to artificial intelligence. Read the full article HERE.


  • Artificial Immortality: Honoring or Replacing our Parents?

    Is there a way to achieve (artificial) immortality? What would that look like? This month’s Wired featured an article where journalist James Vlahos sought to immortalize his dying father by creating a chatbot that would mimic his dad’s knowledge, ...


  • The First Abductee: A Humorist’s Fiction?

    In researching the origins of the UFO phenomenon, especially the advent of the Flying Saucer Craze, one is continually surprised by what one discovers.  While looking up material on the origins of Rev. Orval Lee Jaggers’ belief that flying saucers...


  • Ep 35: David Deutsch & Humanity's Infinite Reach

    David Deutsch explains the physics of humanity’s profound place in the cosmos—and our potentially unlimited future.


  • Early Christian Views on Flying Saucers: The Early 1950s & Voice of Healing 

    In the early 1950s, Christians were still trying to make sense of the flying saucer phenomenon.  Men associated with the Pentecostal Voice of Healing magazine were among the first on record to weigh in. Gordon Lindsay In July 1950, Gordon Lindsay ...


  • Debunking AI Myths: Specialized versus General AI

    The noise around AI has been deafening lately. From tales of doom, fears of automation to promises of a new humanity, there is no limit for the speculation around this technology. As one tracking the news and articles around this topic, the task h...


  • Hold the Tension: There are no Good or Bad Religions - Episode 26

    Have you been burned by the church? Found solace in Zen? Maybe you love your humanist discussion group. Maybe your church is the place you feel the most loved. Maybe you're disillusioned with religion in general. How do we hold the tension between...


  • Social Justice Worlds? HBO's Confederate Dystopia vs. Man in the High Castle

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><em>Man in the High Castle</em> distorts our...


  • The Gospel Herald (China) – 性愛機械人助減性犯罪﹖救世軍反駁:它只會扭曲性慾望!

    The Gospel Herald (China) covers the theological commentary of The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek regarding robot & human relations. Read the full article HERE. Don't read Chinese? Try Google Translate.


  • Sci-fi Televangelism – Part 3: Alien Gods

    We have been reviewing a presentation called “Science Fiction: Televangelism for ET Religion” given by fellow science fiction author Dr. Michael Heiser gave  at the 2017 Roswell UFO Festival. Basically, Heiser has set out to demonstrate that sci-f...


  • VIDEO: Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology, Second Life, July 20, 2017


  • Life after Ragnarok

    <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-3 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="field-label">Author: </span>Neil Gaiman</...


  • Why the Term “Flying Saucers” Wasn’t “An Historic Misquote”

    I think it’s high time we shot one enduringly false UFO meme down. I’m pretty sure most people have heard the standard tale of how the term flying saucers came to be. On June 25, 1947, The East Oregonian ran a brief story by Bill Bequette with the...


  • George R. R. Martin Gets Religion, Forswears Grimdark

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>George R. R. Martin slew the narrator-god that makes mea...


  • Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: David Orban


  • Early Fundamentalist Exotheology

    Fundamentalism is used as a by-word these days and perhaps much of their reputation is deserved. I used to joke that I was trying to put the “fun” back into fundamentalism because the “duh” and the “mental” were already well covered. Originally, C...


  • Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: David Brin


  • How to Classify Christians: Problematic Messiness - Episode 25

    Contemporary Christianity has split into hordes of different factions. And we try to find labels to identify different kinds of Christians. These labels are probably necessary in order to talk about the modern faith. . . but these labels are also ...


  • We’re Looking at You, Jaime Maussan: Mummy Experts calls for an End to “Alien” Mummy Fake News 

    The following declaration from members of the World Congress of Mummy Studies appeared on their Facebook page in connection with fully human corpses being promoted by Jaime Maussan and Gaia as potentially “alien” mummies.   The day before the decl...


  • Sci-fi Televangelism – Part 2: A Canon for ET Theism

    Fellow science fiction author Dr. Michael Heiser gave a presentation called “Science Fiction: Televangelism for ET Religion” at the 2017 Roswell UFO Festival. Basically, he has set out to demonstrate that sci-fi is isn’t just escapism entertainmen...


  • Guy Malone’s “Doctrine of Stated Intent” and Other Bad Arguments Against Aliens 

    Over the past few days, I’ve been watching presentations from the Roswell UFO Festival 2017: “70 Years Later: Modern Challenges to the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis.” This particular post concerns a presentation given by RoswellMission.org founder a...


  • Terasem workshop in Second Life, July 20: Yalda Mousavinia


  • What Are We Really Looking For?

    “What are we really looking for in stories of flying saucers and government cover-ups?” Luke Sharret asks in a July 7, 2017 op-ed for The New York Times entitled, “Roswell’s Mysteries Are Life’s Mysteries.” The short answer is just that: answers. ...


  • Sci-fi Televangelism – Part 1: A Cosmic Perspective for Humanity

    One of the presentations from the 2017 Roswell UFO Festival (themed “70 Years Later: Modern Challenges to the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis”) that I was most intrigued by a presentation called “Science Fiction: Televangelism for ET Religion.” The sp...


  • The Christian Post – Sex With Robots Goes Against God’s Plan, Christian Ethicists Warn, Urge Ban on Child Sex Robots

    The Christian Post features The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek's theological take on sexbots. Read the full article HERE.


  • Early Christian Views of Flying Saucers: 1947

    One of the earliest reports of Christian interpretation of the flying saucer phenomenon came from Kenneth Arnold himself. On June 27, 1947, newspapers across the US ran a story in which Arnold “said that a preacher called him from Texas and inform...


  • Inverse – This Religion is the First to Say Sex Robots are a Sin

    Jack Crosby of Inverse cites the writings of The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek in an article dealing with theological implications of developing sexbots. Read the full article HERE.


  • Česká Pozice – Robot a jeho pán aneb Může mít umělá inteligence vlastní etiku?

    Writing for Czech Magazine Česká Pozice, Blahoslav Hruška quotes The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek in his piece on AI Ethics. Read the full version HERE. Don't read Czech? Try Google Translate.


  • If We Are In A Massive Computer Simulation, Who Is The Programmer?

     I was reading a 2016 feedback article on Creation.com, entitled, “Is the universe a simulation?” when I realized how much the allegedly Biblical principles that modern creationists tout in support of their Earthbound religious perspective have in...


  • Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology, July 20, Second Life


  • Good thougts on Tech and the return of Jesus

    We all utilize tools and tech to enhance our abilities. Some are attached to our body such as a filling in our teeth, contact lenses, or screws to help a broken bone mend. Others are not, such as a knife to cut our food or a hang glider etc. For u...


  • Why ET Probably Doesn’t Need To Be Saved Anyway

    By and large, Biblical creationists are anti-alien and they think the Bible forbids the existence of extraterrestrials. I blame Gary Bates. Gary Bates is the CEO of Creation Ministries International and, more importantly, the author of the best-se...


  • Immortality, Resurrection, Mind-Uploading, try ‘Tyaga’ and Selfless Love


  • Our Brains Need to Believe Trump Rigged the Election

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Our brains associate neural regions that are architectur...


  • Satan: The Lie that Rules the World - Episode 24

    Satan is a powerful force of evil in Scripture. He is an independent agent who challenges God, and successfully rules the world for awhile. But Satan's power rests in a very simple lie, based on ignorance and outdated science. Satan claims that so...


  • In Which Gary Bates Responds To My Post About Aliens and the Bible

    Gary Bates, CEO of Creation Ministries International and the author of the best-selling book Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, has responded to my previous post, Gary Bates Thinks ET Could Potentially Falsify The Bible. Predictab...


  • Gary Bates Thinks ET Could Potentially Falsify the Bible

    Gary Bates is the CEO of Creation Ministries International and the author of the best-selling book Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection. It is perhaps no surprise that Bates does not believe aliens exist, especially intelligent alien...


  • Ministry Matters – Christians and Artificial Intelligence

    Mike Poteet quotes The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek regarding theological considerations regarding Christianity and AI. Read the full article HERE


  • Black Rage as a Response to Systemic Racism

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Conservative news sources condemn black rage before cond...


  • Christian Transhumanism: A Bridge Between Theology and AI

    In the previous blog, I talked about how theology has much to offer to the AI conversation. With that said, one must recognize that the conversation between AI and Theology is rather awkward at the moment. While sharing common points of references...


  • Thoughts on the possibility of Islamic Transhumanism


  • When Science Advocates Say “(Expletive) Religion”

    There is presently a societal clash occurring over issues of inclusion in the fields of science and technology. Some advocates believe that all people should be equipped and encouraged to participate in making our scientific and technological fut...


  • CreationWiki’s Bad Argument Against ‘Any Other Earths’

    CreationWiki believes that the Bible teaches that there aren’t “any other Earths.” At least, that’s the argument presented in their Extraterrestrial Life article: Consider this well-known verse, which Astronaut Jim Lovell, one of the first three m...


  • Ep 34: Meghan O'Gieblyn's Strange Journey into Transhumanism

    Meghan O'Gieblyn lost her faith—and found transhumanism. Then she realized that those two things weren't quite as far apart as she first believed.


  • Extropians 1997: Max More and Nick Bostrom on transhumanism and religion


  • Review: Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p> This book failed to enchant me. Perhaps I have a high b...


  • Moana and Reading Scripture

    I love the movie Moana. And, particularly, I love this song—both because it’s a great song, and because it perfectly encapsulates a deep truth about reading scripture, or any kind of story. (Listen to it!) On the surface, the meaning of the so...


  • Is Theology Relevant to Artificial Intelligence?

    What does Theology have to do with Artificial Intelligence? What does Jerusalem have to do with Silicon Valley? In this blog, I want to address this question head-on to show that theology is not just relevant but much needed in the current debates...


  • Blood: Menstration and Communion - Episode 23

    Old Testament Law is difficult to understand, especially on the topic of blood. Blood belongs to God alone, and menstruation makes women unclean half the month. Miriam, Moses's older sister, illustrates the disappointment and disillusionment peopl...


  • 10 Things I Love About Mormon Heaven

    <img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="844" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-v3V1N-BuMrM/WUXYD2RNUjI/AAAAAAAB_Rw/pjhJg4l5rScOOTQQT3Pu_ZDoDQ-KwJ5cgCLcBGAs/s1600/heaven.jpg" /><br /><br />I love how heaven i...


  • Wonder Woman Depicts the Need for Christian Transhumanism

    Superheroes have always served as metaphors for the nuances of human behavior. The starkest dichotomies of these distinctions represent our hopes and fears of what humanity could potentially become through enhanced good or evil. Ironically, suc...


  • 1st Timothy 4:3 what if the external judging is preventing our marriage to Christ

    – – What’s up guys? This is Mark Russell with thesingularity.com. It’s been six days with no caffeine and still thinking about Jesus and the second coming and technology and want to comment on 1 Timothy 4:3. So here’s my thought. I think about Jes...


  • Ultimate Narratives and Why Trump Is Irrelevant

    I have intentionally steered clear from political topics in this blog. Yet, just like many in this season, I found myself needing to say something given the unique political moment the US is undergoing at this point. For starters, as an immigrant ...


  • Crisis

    Today marks a year since the Orlando nightclub shooting. On June 12, 2016, a single gunman walked into a Florida nightclub and killed 49 people, wounding 58 others. A few days later, I wrote down some thoughts about what was happening. This is the...


  • Vacancy notice: Cosmic engineers in God’s control room


  • Stephen Hawking is Wrong About the Future of the Earth

    Stephen Hawking may be an extraordinary theoretical physicist and cosmologist, but he is a misguided futurist. The Earth is not going to be destroyed in 100—or even a 1000—years as he predicts. Instead, it is going to be remade into a new creat...


  • What Would Open AI Look Like?

    In a previous blog I talked about how big government and big business were racing to get a piece of the AI revolution. In this blog, I want to explore the parallel grass-roots movement of open AI and its possibilities. Open-Source Movement: The De...


  • The Seven Principles: Unitarian Universalism from a Biblical Perspective - Episode 22

    Amanda and Sam cruise all over the Bible, seeing how modern progressive ideas are ancient and Biblical. Unitarian Universalism is no longer an exclusively Christian belief network, But it is still historically linked to the Bible, and it's seven p...


  • Perspectives on how Religion And Atheism Need Each Other

    I can really appreciate the idea of us needing each other. Too many times religion says I don’t need you to the rest of the world. Religion tends to look at people on the outside, as do scientists, and in their hearts they think I don’t need you. ...


  • How Do We Prepare the Next Generation For An AI Future?

    In a previous blog, I described the trends that led to the current AI renaissance. In this blog, I want to talk about where AI is going and how we can prepare children and young adults to seize on the opportunities emerging from it.  The Global Ra...


  • The March for Science Should Concern Christians

    Christians should be concerned by the recent international March for Science that happened this past April.


  • OMG, I guess perhaps I might be… a dry Mormon?


  • Why Is Artificial Intelligence All Over The News Lately?

    AI hype has come and gone in the past. Why is back on the spotlight now? I will answer this question by describing the three main trends that are driving the AI revolution. The post Why Is Artificial Intelligence All Over The News Lately? appeared...


  • From Elon Musk to Joseph Smith: a material simulation hypothesis


  • Psychology Today – The Pastor Who Found God in Technology

    Top innovator, creative thinker & global strategist, John Nosta interviews The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek on God, Christian Transhumanism & AI for Psychology Today. Read the article HERE.           Related StoriesThe Gospel Herald (China)...


  • Words for social media

    <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-3 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="field-label">Author: </span>Ursula K. Le Gui...


  • Principles of God’s word and the coming technology Revolution


  • How Can Humans Flourish?

    In previous blogs, I often used the phrase “AI for human flourishing.” In this blog, I want to explore what human flourishing is. What is Human Flourishing? I learned of this concept still in seminary when taking classes on ethics, mission and min...


  • Are You Ready for Sexbots? How AI is Changing Intimacy

    Very rarely do the words sex and theology appear in the same blog title. Yet, here we are. Sexbots: The Final Step in Human Machine Relationships In a previous blog I discussed how Intelligent Agents could eventually develop romantic relationships...


  • The problem with stereotypes

    <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-3 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="field-label">Author: </span>Chimamanda Ngozi...


  • The age of spiritual machines, Jesus being seen in technology

    – The spirit is willing but the flesh is week. My name’s Mark, this is May 6th, with thesingularity.com. Just got done working out, and I was thinking about the idea of what computers are doing. Ray Kurzweil talking about the age of spiritual mach...


  • Gospel Authors: How would they write our biographies - Episode 21

    Question - which gospel author would you most like to write your biography? Sam discusses the strengths, and weaknesses, of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John. He shows what elements of Jesus are captured in each narrative. And how those same themes wo...


  • The Internet Helping To Bring Hope

    Right now we are seeing the rudimentary functionality of the gospel of Christ move through the net.    The job of bringing people good news is done manually.  One day, Artificial Intelligence will do this work for us. One day I believe technology ...


  • Chatbots: How AI is Changing Relationships

    In my previous blog, I discussed how algorithmic matchmaking was changing how people choose their spouse. In this blog, I want to explore how AI is actually displacing human relationships. While the first example shows some evidence of improving t...


  • All those Everett worlds


  • The Neohuman Podcast with Agah Bahari – Episode 34 Christopher Benek

    Agah Bahari talks with The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek about the Christian Transhumanist Association on The Neohuman Podcast. Hear the full interview HERE           Related StoriesČeská Pozice – Robot a jeho pán aneb Může mít umělá inteligence vla...


  • AIgorithmic Matchmaking: How AI is Changing Marriage

      In a previous post, I mentioned that AI was changing relationships. In this multi-part blog, I want to delve further on this topic to describe how AI is changing marriages. I will focus on algorithmic matchmaking which is present in dating sites...


  • A Letter from the Founding Chair of the Christian Transhumanist Association

    I want to say that it has been an honor serving as the Board Chair of the CTA for the past 3 years. This is an organization admittedly still in its infancy, and it rightly means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But its creat...


  • The Guardian – God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism & N+1 – Ghost in the Cloud

    Writing for The Guardian, Meghan O'Gieblyn, chronicles her personal journey and features a cameo appearance of The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek. She writes "After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then fo...


  • A correction to the ‘Dry Mormon’ story


  • The Pattern of This World

    Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world. My name is Mark. Today is April 28th, and this is an encouraging word for you about your identity, and who you are. So I just got done working out, and I was thinking about that verse, Romans 12:2,...


  • How to create rat brain into the cloud

    This is SOOO neat!


  • The Serpent’s Lie

    I’ve heard it over and over again, when people are considering some new capabilities or technological power: “This is just a repeat of the Serpent’s lie, You shall be like God!” The reference is to Genesis, where the Serpent tempts Eve by pr...


  • Ep 33: Ron Cole-Turner & The Theology of Transformation

    What does Christianity bring to the conversation about humanity’s future? How do we move beyond the selfishness of short-term thinking, and embrace technology as part of the renewal and transformation of all life? Ron Cole-Turner, professor of the...


  • Racing Worlds: A visual model for downward causation in physics


  • Ghost in the Cloud Transhumanism’s simulation theology, by MEGHAN O’GIEBLYN

    I just read a great article (below): Ghost in the Cloud Transhumanism’s simulation theology,  by MEGHAN O’GIEBLYN that was published on N+1. _________________ “I DO PLAN TO BRING BACK MY FATHER,” Ray Kurzweil says. He is standing in the anemic lig...


  • Holy Ghost in the Cloud: Christian transhumanism and simulation theology


  • Go back and tell John….

    Matthew 11:4-6  Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed...


  • Where God is moving

    Here…   You want to see where God is moving?    Just watch this. Here is where we are going…


  • Ep 32: Shannon Vyff, Cryonics & Religious Education

    Is cryonics selfish? What do Harry Potter, transhumanism & religious education have in common? What happens when kids go door-to-door raising money for life extension? Shannon Vyff—Transhumanist, Unitarian Universalist, and author of “21st Cen...


  • A Brief History of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

    <img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5ZAr3OUzDrE/WOvC8sl51oI/AAAAAAAB_Ac/az4vXhfbw9w5WxJrDh_ZDkf7WPDXQSVzgCLcB/s1600/lincoln-cannon-mta-2017.jpg" /><br /><br />At the 2017 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Associa...


  • Lamentations Chapter 3: Taking God on a Guilt Trip - Episode 20

    At the center of the Book of Lamentations, there's a long fantastic personal prayer. The author is hurt by God. The author loves God. The author tries to convince himself to trust God, but God doesn't seem to work that way anymore. Lamentations 3 ...


  • Scientific concepts of afterlife sketched in ‘The Discovery’


  • The faint, almost silent voice of the heart


  • Mormonism: A Religion of the Future

    <img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7rhHvnkz0mk/WORiLtkuz1I/AAAAAAAB--4/97O4Hry52BQiAfXpbwARmysGvsG8uYdwwCLcB/s1600/religions-of-the-future.jpg" /><br /><br />In 2007 and 2008, I gave a few presentations in the virtua...


  • Bible Geekery: Ranking the Minor Prophets by Entertainment Value - Episode 19

    It's a weekday night. You want to sit back, chillax, and read a Minor Prophet. Which one will be the most fun!?!?!? This minisode answers that ageold question you didn't know you were asking. How do you rank the Minor Prophets in order of Entertai...


  • Dreaming as a experience-sorting mechanism

    <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-3 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="field-label">Author: </span>Andrea Rock</...


  • The horse in the field and transcending time with computers

    What’s up guys, this is Mark with the singularity.com, and I’ve just been thinking about perspective and computers and God and, man, I’m just excited. I saw Eric Schmidt’s, his comments on artificial intelligence. As a Christian, I’m very excited ...


  • On Pathological White Rage and Shoes

    <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Somewhere along the line, I learned that racism was over...


  • I am not a camera

    <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-3 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="field-label">Author: </span>Ursula K. Le Gui...


  • The upside-down world

    <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-3 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="field-label">Author: </span>Eduardo Galeano&...


  • Indeed, it is never safe to classify the souls of one's neighbors

    <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-3 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="field-label">Author: </span>Hope Mirless<...


  • Description is interiorization

    <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-3 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="field-label">Author: </span>Lucius Shepard&l...


  • Lamentations: Cry Against an Abusive God - Episode 18

    The Book of Lamentations captures that darkest sensation, when God becomes an enemy. Lamentations is our favorite book of the Bible. It has the darkest depiction of God seen in Scripture. And it may have the most hopeful, most empowering depictio...


  • LDS Church Has No Official Position on Human Evolution

    <img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Vb90Qp__6oo/WNDH8Vn6bGI/AAAAAAAB-8o/NyXCgKrcA94NJ5trwVCUY1_RZqMs6GcyACLcB/s1600/lds-evolution.jpg" /><br /><br />The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the la...


  • Ep 31: Peter Enns & How to Stop Defending the Bible (So You Can Actually Read It)

    How can certainty be a form of idolatry? Why should Christians embrace the humanity of the scriptures? How did an existentialist rant sneak into the Bible? And what does that teach us about faith? Peter Enns joins us to explore all these questions...


  • Gods judgment vs mans judgment


  • How to Read Scripture

    Reading scripture is meant to be hard. I don’t mean that it has to be tedious or boring or anger-inducing or something like that. I mean that the meaning is not just floating on the surface, waiting to be scooped off like so much pond scum. No, th...


  • Atheism: A Progressive Christian Critique - Episode 17

    Hard Atheism is the claim that there are no gods. This form of secularism is outdated, unnecessary, and accidentally hurts and silences progressive or alternative forms of religion. There is a theist/atheist binary that over simplifies the wisdom ...


  • Ep 30: Robert Wright & the Purpose of Evolution

    Can evolution have a purpose? Are we living in an alien zoo? Does the cosmos evolve? Why did Christianity emerge when it did? What is the direction of human society—and are we at a crisis point in history? Best-selling author Robert Wright explore...


  • A Vision for Mormon Transhumanism

    <img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-L_1e5vPutYA/WMQ54cIr0aI/AAAAAAAB-2s/Vyw33_OFaScLtrtHc21MySyfvyJfM1tswCLcB/s1600/caravaggio-conversion-paul-unseen.jpg" /><br /><br />I envision the role of Mormon Transhumanism in c...


  • Ep 29: Calvin Mercer—Theology & the Trickiest Questions in Transhumanism

    How does religion grapple with transhumanism and radical life extension? What does a theology of Extraterrestrials say about a theology of AI? Is Mind Uploading a rejection of the body, or an affirmation of St Paul's theology of resurrection?


  • God Continuity: Reclaiming Christian Ancestors - Episode 16

    In this minisode, Amanda explores threads of continuity throughout her faith journey. The presence of God and the stories of those who have drawn on that presence for strength in difficult times have been interpreted and reinterpreted, but their p...


  • Wireheading, Faith Healing, and Why the Placebo Effect is the Most Important Thing in the World

    If you could flip a switch and experience more pleasure than you have ever felt in your entire life—would you do it? What if that switch also made you feel incredibly happy and joyful? What if it made you feel contented and successful and accompl...


  • Ep 28: Robert Walden Kurtz & the Zero Sum Game

    Can a Seventh-Day Adventist be a transhumanist? Robert Walden Kurtz, Adventist pastor and Professor of Philosophy, says yes! Join us as we discuss robots stealing your job, mind-mapping Jesus, the hidden threat of washing machines, zero-sum games,...


  • How to handle God’s audacious vision for humanity

    I’ve recently been rediscovering how truly audacious the biblical vision for humanity is. According to even a cursory reading of the scriptures, humanity is made in the image of God, given charge of the entire world, and called to participate with...


  • Ep 27: Christopher Benek—Presbyterian, Pastor, Transhumanist

    Is it possible to be a Presbyterian and a Transhumanist? Rev. Christopher Benek, pastor of a large Presbyterian church, and graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, says yes! Join us as we discuss how AI will participate in God's redemption, ho...


  • Refugee Narratives: The Bible written in Exile - Episode 15

    Without refugee narratives, the entire essence and logic and plot of the Bible ceases to exist. Ignore them and we lose our religion. In this episode Sam looks at how being forced out of their country impacted the Biblical authors, and really crea...


  • Why the Lego Batman Movie might Save Civilization

    The other day I saw The Lego Batman Movie, a great addition to both the Batman movie franchise, and the Lego movie franchise. It had action, adventure, drama, romance—and more cameos from familiar good guys, bad guys, and ambiguous guys than you c...


  • What would you have done?

    I’ve spent my entire life wondering what I would do at certain junctures in history. Would I have followed Jesus—or stood with the Pharisees? Would I have worked against slavery—or argued that it was a necessary evil? Would I have opposed the Nazi...


  • The Atlantic – Is AI a Threat to Christianity?

    Johnathan Merritt, writing for The Atlantic, highlights to the work of The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek as Merritt wrestles with issues surrounding AI and Christianity. Read the full story HERE.           Related StoriesPsychology Today – The Pasto...


  • Why Christians need a Minimum Viable Theology

    I am a Christian, and part of what that means is that I am an heir of an incredibly dense and comprehensive cultural tradition. I would call it a maximal cultural tradition, as it has produced art, music, literature, language, buildings, societies...


  • What is Happening in the World?

    Here is what I believe is happening in the world. Accelerating technological change has unleashed an era of unprecedented prosperity, freedom, and opportunity. The necessity of extreme poverty is vanishing in the rear view mirror, the incidence o...


  • If You Could Hie to Kolob (Endless Version)

    <img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XjtCA35qNNA/WIvI1QC0B2I/AAAAAAAB9Dc/8euFyrNNlvoZejHirhq4pwHuZUPsmD69QCLcB/s1600/simulated-earth.jpg" /><br /><br />"<a href="https://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/if-you-could-...


  • Media: If the Bible were made today - Episode 14

    The Bible was made up of Songs, poems, prose, letters, narratives, genealogies. . . all kinds of different media. So! If the Bible were made today, it certainly would not be a book! Amanda and her husband Jim go through the Bible and figure out ho...


  • Gizmodo – 8 Ways Virtual Reality Is For More Than Just Video Games

    Carli Velocci, of Gizmodo, points to the work of The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek as she explores various uses of VR in the modern context. Read the full story HERE.           Related StoriesPsychology Today – The Pastor Who Found God in Technology...


  • Architect – Strapping on the Sacred: When Religion Enters Virtual Reality

    Nicholas Korody, writing for the Architect, quotes The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek as he investigates what VR will mean for the future of Religion. Read the full story HERE.           Related StoriesPsychology Today – The Pastor Who Found God in T...


  • How to Become Immortal

    In the last few years, a number of different organizations have launched projects to end aging and radically extend human longevity. Google’s Calico Labs is perhaps the most well-known effort, followed by Aubrey De Grey’s SENS foundation—but many ...


  • Reality God: Existence - Episode 13

    The idea that God is control of absolutely everything is incredibly common. That is because all of the universe is bound by its own existence, and it is incredibly easy to turn existence into its own God. Unfortunately this God is insanely problem...


  • Christianity is Love

    Christianity is the assertion that love is the most powerful force in the universe. Of course, when we talk about love, all kinds of ideas come to mind, from romance to hippies to powerful feelings about ice cream. (And by the way, if you don’t h...


  • Ezekiel: The Reality Gods - Episode 12

    Judah is finished. The temple is destroyed. The old God conception failed. The prophet Ezekiel tries to make sense of everything that's happened. And he seems to go insane. And in this process, he discovers a new God conception. A deadly and sensi...


  • How a Mormon Kid Recognized that He Was a Transhumanist

    <img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pJH45OaOnYg/WHGGwHvmNyI/AAAAAAAB8tA/j53j04vMyC8-42T5Qxt-zRtH1ZOH5DWvwCLcB/s1600/little-lincoln-byu-dorm.jpg" /><br /><br />Implicitly, I’ve been a <a href="http://lincoln.metacan...


  • Partnership with God

    This Fall I taught a Bible class at my local church, along with Kyle Creamer, Nate Underwood, Emily Stutzman Jones (Lipscomb’s Director of Sustainability), Rob Touchstone (founder of the Well Coffeehouse), Tim Catchim (creator of OneLife Ministrie...


  • Elijah's Despair: The Still Small Voice - Episode 11

    Amanda shares one of the great introspective legends of Deuteronomistic History. The prophet Elijah has just saved his country from drought, and scientifically proven the existence of God. But soon his victory turns on its head, and Elijah flees f...


  • Jesus Invites All to Share in the Titles and Roles of Christ

    <img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gh9zABU0gRo/WF7kAUZNO1I/AAAAAAAB8kI/ee-kEPg9r9Mid0feRqcj4mVESWuvViPTwCLcB/s1600/girls-consoling-scripture.jpg" /><br /><br />Jesus has many titles and corresponding roles, most nota...


  • God is a Shapeshifter: The Bible vs. Western Theology - Episode 10

    God is a disembodied voice. God is a rock. God is a person. God is a weather phenomena. God is Lady Wisdom. God is love. God is a whole mess of different kinds of objects. But the Western Theological tradition likes to paint God as consistent, hav...


  • Ep 26: Philip Clayton & The Spectrum of Belief

    Raised by atheists, now a theologian and philosopher, Philip Clayton joins us to discuss the messy world between doubt and belief, feeling stuck in Christianity, and being okay with unanswered questions.


  • How Self-Help Really Works

    At the beginning of last year, I inadvertently found myself listening to an interview with self-help guru Tony Robbins. That interview made me curious, and pretty soon I had listened to several interviews, a 20-hour full-length audiobook, and a co...


  • The Revolutionary Story

    In the movie Elysium, some people live in a paradise city in the sky, while…(can you guess the next part?)…some people live in a hell on earth. I bet you could have guessed the second part even if I hadn’t told you. Why? Because you know this sto...


  • Abimelech: Gideon's Punk Kid - Episode 9

    Gideon illegitimate son tries to declare himself king. Lots of innocent people die in the process, and we get to hear a very trippy sermon about evil anthropomorphic plants. The central gist is that it's a very very very very bad idea to have a ki...


  • Ep 25: Katharine Hayhoe, Christians & Climate Change

    Katharine Hayhoe shares her unexpected journey to becoming an evangelical Christian climate scientist, discusses evidence for climate change, and explains why working to solve our climate problems doesn't mean "Big Government!". We explore optimis...


  • Gideon: When God just wants to be Famous - Episode 8

    Gideon is a rationalist skeptic douchebag. God is an ultra absurdist diva with massive jealously issues. Together, they fight Midianites, as we explore one of the craziest and funniest moments in the saddest part of the Bible.


  • Unclean Christianity

    In the ancient world, leprosy was incredibly unclean—if you had it, you were not simply unhealthy, you were cast out of society. For you to touch anyone was to risk contaminating them. You had to live on the outskirts of town, shouting “unclean! u...


  • Origin Stories: How Amanda and Sam Lost and Found Faith - Episode 7

    Meet us! Amanda describes growing up having fun with a strong Christian faith. She talks about how good Christian education led her to doubt certain teachings, so she eventually became agnostic. Sam describes growing up as a kinda sloppy Christian...


  • Top 10 Christian Transhumanist Scriptures from the Bible

    <img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yaRLHyBePlQ/WDuPB8NTixI/AAAAAAAB77k/5K-NfM8GZEYcakoXndoetjRKWz0lKRDaQCLcB/s1600/christian.jpg" /><br /><br />The Bible teaches Christian Transhumanism. Or, in other words, as presen...


  • Ep 24: Greg Boyd & The Open-Ended God

    Greg Boyd on how God enters the cosmic dance through Science, Scripture, and Us. We explore faith & doubt, quantum physics & relativity, Christ-shaped politics, and the hard parts of the Bible!


  • Faith Transitions: The Veil is Thin - Episode 6

    Amanda describes her faith journey from conservative Christianity to agnosticism and finally into the progressive Unitarian Universalist (UU) tradition. She describes how within conservative Christianity, she struggled with 'small q questions,' fa...


  • Old Testament: Traditions Clash - Episode 5

    Refugees return from exile in Babylon, and they try to rebuild. But religion is irrevocably changed. Books of the Bible start debating each other, and it gets intense. Some conservative books, like Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, try to return to t...


  • Irony: The Key to the Bible? - Episode 4

    Irony - Noun. The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. Irony is present in just about every book in the Bible. Heaven is opposite world, and the Day of the Lord is opposite Day. Things are not as they...


  • Old Testament: God Falls Apart - Episode 3

    The Old Testament comprises over half a million words written by dozens of authors over a thousand years. The history of its interpretation is basically the history of the West. So we’ve decided to summarize the whole thing in two podcasts. Becaus...


  • Great is Thy Faithfulness: Themesong - Episode 2

    Howdy! Every week we’ll be releasing an extra minisode where one of us or both of us tackle a shorter topic. This week we explain our Theme Song, which combines the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness and the text it’s based on, Lamentations 3. We ...


  • Technology Chasing Out Darkness

    Howard Storm Back in the 80’s an Atheist by the name of Howard storm had a near-death experience.  Howard has been featured on many TV shows as well as written a book which I highly recommend. When Howard died, he met Jesus and also was able to se...


  • Amos: The Bible Out of Order - Episode 1

    In our pilot episode, we introduce ourselves and the Bible. Like, why do we care so much about the Bible that we’re doing a podcast about it? And hey, where does the Bible begin? Genesis, the first book of the Christian Bible, is a clear conten...


  • To Love Is Better Than To Know Is Better Than To Obey

    <img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HtEeXW1U9PY/WBQdGNJd2UI/AAAAAAAB7ow/ZyqPQX1C_jkvSAZyrI60aCvKvKLaZCsLgCLcB/s1600/marionette.jpg" /><br /><br />Spencer, my oldest son, recently completed training to be a missionary ...


  • Ep 23: Genesis vs The Babylonians

    Genesis vs the Babylonians, Eastern Orthodoxy vs American Fundamentalism, theosis vs playing god, and why early Christians kept talking about the 8th day of the week.


  • Response to a New God Argument Critique by Timothy Killian

    <img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DCcYTTIW2X8/WAUGfyn7-CI/AAAAAAAB7jU/dHGVFwPqz780VwKN4-39o57yJpVslxeaQCLcB/s1600/timothy-killian.jpg" /><br /><br />Timothy Killian authored a critique of the <a href="https://new...


  • Ep 22: Derek Flood & Disarming Scripture

    The Bible is a rap battle! How to read the Bible like Jesus did, how to wrestle with the hard parts, and how the scientific method can make us better Christians.


  • Ep 21: Science Mike—Losing & Finding God

    How to lose your religion, disrupt your life, and become a skeptic with faith! Science Mike describes his faith journey, and discusses brain science, space exploration, cryonics, and the oceanification of Miami.


  • My TEDx talk: We All Live in the Developing World

    Back in March, I had the privilege of speaking at a TEDx event in the Cayman Islands. My topic? We all live in the developing world. The idea is simple. When we say “the developed world”, it suggests that our society is already finished—that ...


  • Ep 20: Predestination vs Free Will

    Why do some people believe it's all determined, and others believe it's up to us? Religious or irreligious, scientist or non-scientist, transhumanist or singularitarian—people can't agree on this subject. We look to CS Lewis, Ghostbusters, the Bea...


  • Terror and Awe, Faith and Freedom

    We often encounter new things in very different ways. Sometimes, new things are terrifying—even demonic. Sometimes, new things are freedom. Talking to Emily the other day, I was struck by how quickly we can switch between these responses. I remem...


  • All Are Alive

    I have often thought about the way we define ‘death’. When is someone actually dead? At one point in time, we defined death as the point when someone’s heart stopped beating. Now, we define death as the cessation of brain activity. But even “...


  • Minimum Viable Theology: We Are Not Alone

    This is part of a series on a Minimum Viable Theology. The idea is to see if we can construct a minimal theological starter kit, using only reasonable assumptions. The first entry is about why good wins. You should start there. The Theistic Premi...


  • The Omega Point Theory

    One of the reasons that science has been widely regarded as an atheistic enterprise over the years, is that for quite a while now, it has preached a future of relentless annihilation. Ever since the laws of thermodynamics were formulated, the out...


  • The Creative Process of God

    For quite a while now, I’ve been suffering through something I might call abstraction angst. It’s hard to describe to those who haven’t experienced it, but you might get a little of the flavor if you imagine working at a bank, handling thousands a...


  • Ep 19: Frank Tipler & The End of the Universe

    What does physics say about the ultimate future? Professor Tipler explains the Omega Point Theory, how life can exist all the way to the end of time, and what Christianity has to say about all of this.


  • Women in the Church

    If you, like me, grew up in a “Bible-believing church”, one thing that might have been discussed is the question of what role women could play in church services. You might have been told, for example, that the Bible clearly teaches women to be si...


  • I Was a Teenage Existentialist

    When I was 12, I began to wonder whether I was becoming an atheist. I couldn’t tell, of course, because while I knew I was exploring things that had turned other people into atheists, I didn’t know whether they inevitably led people into atheism, ...


  • Ep 18: Self-Driving Cars & Animated GIFs save the world

    Amy and Micah tackle self-driving cars, the rise of nomadic culture, how stories create technology, and why animated GIFs are saving the world.


  • The Infinite Resurrection

    A few months ago, I gave a talk entitled “The Infinite Resurrection” at the annual conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. The MTA are always great hosts, and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with many of the other speakers. ...


  • Ep 17: Kevin Kelly and The Inevitable

    What's Inevitable, and what we get to choose? Micah Redding and Kevin Kelly discuss rapidly approaching technological change, the advent of Artificial Intelligence, and how technology challenges and illuminates our understanding of God, faith, and...


  • The Dark Side of Knowledge

    The other day, I explored the story of Genesis, and its perplexing account of the corruption of mankind through the knowledge of good and evil. I tried to unpack some of the overlooked dynamics of the story, to get at what it is telling us about h...


  • Ep 16: Wilderness

    The deep challenges of losing your faith community, questioning your own beliefs, and dealing with the difficult process of building a new world.


  • Ep 15: Back to the Future!

    Where are our hoverboards? Our flying cars? Where is the future we were promised? Micah and Amy go Back to the Future, just in time to get this episode out six months late!


  • My Weight Loss Tracker – Getting in Shape to Climb Mt. Rainier!

    I’m on a mission to get in shape to climb Mt. Rainier with my brother on June 20th. To do that, my goal is to be under 180 by that date. You can read more about my story, see my progress, at MyFitnessPal.


  • The Three Jobs in Our Future

    The other day I posted a hypothesis I was working on, and stirred up some wide-ranging discussion on Twitter. After a while, this kind of thing becomes difficult to squeeze into 140-character chunks, so I thought I would unpack my thinking a bit m...


  • Ep 14: Paul Wallace & The Stars Beneath Us

    Paul Wallace talks about the exhilaration and vertigo of living in expanding cosmos, and how this both humbles us, and helps us rise to the challenge of suffering.


  • Donald Trump. Why are evangelicals voting for him and what it means to our Anglican Church.


  • Ep 13: Cloning Jesus with Christian Piatt

    What if someone cloned Jesus, to kickstart the second coming? What if fringe religious groups USED science for a change? Christian Piatt explains his religious sci-fi thriller, and tackles thorny questions in science, faith, and progressive spirit...


  • Show notes for episode 19

    My Notes for Episode 19


  • Episode 19: The Devil you know. Republicans, Anglicans and the tyranny of always being right. American elections and Anglican debate

    Why do we find it so hard to get along? In my first podcast back i explore why we can't all just get along both in politics and the church. Music from https://soundcloud.com/motazdjmoo/arabic-vs-house-mega-mix-iii-iii-romanelissaebrumyriam-fares...


  • Ep 12: Politics & Transhumanism

    Micah and Amy venture into the forbidden world of transhumanist political commentary, while Micah keeps trying to change the subject to almost anything else, including Alien Death Stars, Greek tragedies, time travel, and the first Christian heresy.


  • Ep 11: Singularity & Superheroes

    Micah and Amy discuss the disruptiveness of the Singularity, the creepiness of robots, the awesomeness of superheroes, and the importance of origin stories.


  • Ep 10: Adam Ericksen, Rene Girard & The Mechanisms of Violence

    Micah Redding talks to Adam Ericksen about Rene Girard, the mechanisms of violence, and how Jesus unravels the ancient cycle of myth and scapegoating.


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  • Ep 9: Thomas Jay Oord and the Open Future of God

    Micah Redding & Thomas Jay Oord talk about free will, predestination, and the open-ended future of God - and explore deep questions about miracles, science, and recent blockbuster movies.


  • Ep 8: Liz Parrish, Life Extension & Reversing the Aging Process

    Micah Redding talks to Liz Parrish, the first human to be given gene therapy to reverse aging. Micah & Liz discuss risk-taking, the potential issues with life extension, and what happens if this treatment becomes available to the world.


  • Ep 7: Steve Fuller, Space Arks & the Proactionary Imperative

    Micah Redding and Dr. Steve Fuller discuss SPACE ARKS, the meaning of faith, the risk-taking nature of science, and why the future of politics isn't about left and right.


  • Ep 6: Evil Capitalists!

    Micah & Amy discuss whether transhumanism is just an apologetic for capitalism, what will drive the economies of the future, and how Christians need to get out and play more…even if it means finding yourself mixed up in a plot to overthrow Hit...


  • Ep 5: James Hughes, Religious Transhumanism & the Longevity Dividend

    Micah Redding & James Hughes explore cyber-Buddhism, religious transhumanism, and the longevity dividend, covering topics like Universal Basic Income, the Christian theology of personal identity, and the importance of a powerful vision for the...


  • Ep 4: Life Extension

    In this episode, Micah Redding and Amy Gaskin talk about radical life extension.


  • Ep 3: Practical Steps

    In this episode, Micah Redding and Amy Gaskin start talking about practicality, and then end up discussing Joseph Campbell, Harry Potter, transcendence, and speculative theology. Don't worry, it's all connected.


  • Ep 2: Doomsday!

    In this episode, Micah Redding and Amy Gaskin talk about doomsday!


  • Ep 1: What is Transhumanism?

    In this first episode, Micah Redding and Amy Gaskin ask the question 'What is Transhumanism?', and then go on to explore the landscape at the intersection of Christianity and Transhumanist thought.


  • Foresight Professionals 2030: A Delphi

    After 2 years, and 3 rounds of peer review, my landmark global Delphi for 2030 has been published. See the URL link to: Gary, J. E., & von der Gracht, H. A. (2015, August). The future of foresight professionals: Results from a global Delphi s...


  • Foresight Educator’s Bootcamp

    I will teach a one-day master course at the World Future Society this summer to precede their annual conference. I am calling it the Foresight Educator's BootCamp.


  • How to Think Like a Futurist

    Recently I was asked me to develop a course that anyone could take on "how to think like a futurist." What emerged was a 16-week elective, A&S 392: Contemporary Futurist Thought: From H.G. Wells to Ray Kurzweil.


  • Terra Nova: The Religious Quest for Tomorrow

    Religious imagination first re-framed our quest toward tomorrow. Can it still move us in the twenty-first century to recreate our worlds?


  • Welcome to JayGary.com

    Thank you for visiting JayGary.com. I created this site to help you reframe your future based on my latest papers, workshops, consulting, and features.


  • Future Shock or Adaptive Change?

    Forty years ago, America was gripped by Future Shock, so claimed Alvin Toffler. Are we seeing the eclipse of Future Shock as a younger, more adaptable workforce comes into its own?  Future Shock was a book released in 1970, but it was also an idea...


  • Outlook for 2020: A Delphi

    In the fall of 2011 I conducted a Real-time Delphi survey with members of Empowered21, entitled: "Outlook 2020: The future of Spirit-empowered Christianity."


  • PeakFutures marks its 10th year

    Based on more than a decade of management consulting, in 2003 I formed PeakFutures as a firm to offer foresight training, research and assessments for teams and organizations.


  • Episode 18, Remembering a great man.

    Today we will remember John Stott, talk about evangelism, and ask the question, " When is the resurrection not the resurrection?"


  • Strategic leadership competencies

    How do we know whether a manager’s experiences and skills are sufficient to operate at a strategic level in an organization? What insight does recent research on strategic leadership shed on these challenges?


  • Toward a New Macrohistory

    This paper views Sardar’s postnormal times as embryonic, and extends it using ecosystems theory. To develop Sardar's concept as a macrohistory, Holling's adaptive cycle and panarchical systems are proposed as mechanisms of change that create postn...


  • Episode 17: Start of something big?

    Today we talk about the growth of the Anglican church in North America, and how important knowing church history is.


  • What is Your Foresight Style?

    Psychologists have told us that humans are distinct in their ability to think forward. To what degree is foresight an innate human function of our brain power, or thinking preferences?


  • A new reformation has begun. Episode 16.

    Despite all the obstacles, a new Anglican province is born, now what are we going to do with it?


  • To be or not to be, that is the anglican covenant.

    Today we talk about covenants, Catholic priests and when our new Anglican church will meet together.


  • The coat of many colors.

    Today we will take about how even though its seems that the Anglican church is coming apart at the seams, what is actually taking place is the creation of a new seamless garment.


  • Prepare for battle, for the enemy is close at hand!

    Show number 13, where we talk about Anglican covenant , Episcopal bishops, and why abortion is most certainly not a blessing!


  • Go west young Anglican!

    The west opens up for the new Anglican province, and a Buddhist becomes an episcopal bishop,


  • Ladies and gentleman, here is your New Anglican Church!

    Various Anglican churches in north America, have gathered to form one church, will it work?


  • Ft worth Diocese Leaves, and a new province is about to be born.

    Ft Worth Leaves and a new province is about to be born.


  • Episcoapl church kicks back Anglican covenant.

    More News from the Anglican universe, and Happy Halloween!


  • Breaking Up is Hard to Do!

    More news that you need, from all over the Anglican 'verse.


  • This is Evangelism?

    Anglican news and some cool music too!


  • Can't we all just get along?

    News from the Anglican 'verse, and why we need to work together.


  • Swimming the Tiber, or Why some Anglicans think Rome is their home

    Does the Roman Catholic Church Have All the Answers For Orthodox Anglicans?


  • Lambeth! Now What?

    Lambeth has come and gone, and we are left with the bill. Who will pay for the unanswered questions? Find out. Please click on the link to post comments, or e-mail the show at theanglicangazette@gmail.com


  • Gafcon, US Anglicans, and the Episcopal Church

    The Global South bishops threw the gauntlet down. Are American Episcopalians going to throw up? Stay tuned....


  • Leading from the Future

    What has occupied your executive team’s attention the past three years? Chances are you have been restructuring departments or reengineering core programs for immediate gain, rather than regenerating your strategies or reinventing your organizatio...



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