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AI for Scholarship: How Machine Learning can Transform the Humanities

by Elias Kruger

December 14, 2018

 In a previous blog, I explored how AI will speed up scientific research. In this blog, I will examine the overlooked  potential that AI has to transform the Humanities. This connection may not be clear at first since most of these fields do not i...


The Seventh Story | Gareth Higgins and Brian McLaren

by Mike Morrell

December 10, 2018

The following is an excerpt from The Seventh Story, a brand-new release from Gareth Higgins and Brian McLaren about the six stories that divide us and the Seventh Story that unites. It’s paired with a unique, beautifully-illustra...


That Time the Demonic Hypothesis of UFO Stopped Science

by Tony Breeden

December 05, 2018

Last year, former Nevada Senator Harry Reid gave George Knapp an exclusive interview regarding a secret US government study of UFOs from 2007 to 2012. “One aim of the study was to find out the origin of the craft. Intelligence officials ruled out ...


Liberation Through Obedience

by Blaire Ostler

December 05, 2018

You might find yourself scoffing at the title of this post, but hear me out. For me, obedience in my religion is quite liberating, especially as a woman. Here’s why.God gave us the greatest commandment through Jesus Christ. The greatest commandmen...


Miracles vs Magic

by Micah Redding

December 04, 2018

In 1600, during Giordano Bruno’s heresy trial, the inquisitors asked a question: Did he believe Jesus’ miracles were performed by magic? It’s hard for us to understand the significance of this question. In our post-Enlightenment world, this seems...


All Creation Radiant: My Conversation with Matthew Fox

by Mike Morrell

December 02, 2018

As part of our ongoing Cosmic Campfire Book Club with Tripp Fuller of Homebrewed Christianity and ‘Science’ Mike McHargue of The Liturgists, I got to sit down with one of my all-time heroes, Matthew Fox: In our conversation, Matt...


You Have a Future

by Blaire Ostler

December 01, 2018

*Below is a copy of a workshop I led at Encircle’s Ignite LGBTQ+ Youth Summit. Feel free to use, change, adapt, or copy for any queer youth projects/presentations.One of the things I love most about the queer community is that we are writing our o...


Capturing Love

by Blaire Ostler

November 30, 2018

I got my first Digital SLR camera 10 years ago, just a few months after our first child was born. I didn’t know such happiness existed until I became a mother. The reality of impermanence became strikingly evident as I watched my child change befo...


Technological Valley Of Dry Bones

by Mark Russell

November 29, 2018

The post Technological Valley Of Dry Bones appeared first on The Singularity.


Is It Okay To Be a Mormon?

by Lincoln Cannon

November 29, 2018

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The Turing oracle: Creative randomness from the beyond

by Giulio Prisco

November 27, 2018


Light

by Lincoln Cannon

November 21, 2018

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UFO International Project’s Plagiarized Claim That Aliens Invented Religion

by Tony Breeden

November 20, 2018

The anonymous authors of UFO International Project (who nonetheless are advocates of Disclosure, just not for themselves, obviously) claim in a November 19, 2015 article that “Aliens Are Coming Back To Retrieve ‘Their’ Religion.” In fact, they cla...


Fight Oppression, Not Oranges

by Blaire Ostler

November 20, 2018

Of all the controversial topics I write about, the topic I get the most resistance to is not queer issues, but plural marriage. Generally, Mormon feminists don’t like plural marriage. That might be a bit of an understatement. There have been blog ...


Harold L Armstrong’s Argument Against Corporal Living Beings Living Outside Earth

by Tony Breeden

November 16, 2018

The June 1970 edition (Vol. 7 No. 1) of the Creation Research Society Quarterly stressed cosmology. One of journal’s contributors was Harold L. Armstrong (1921-1985). Armstrong was an early member of the Creation Research Society and a Professor o...


What's in a Name?

by Blaire Ostler

November 16, 2018

I recently attended the “What’s in a Name?” panel discussion hosted by Utah Valley University’s Mormon Studies Department. During the Q&A section, I asked a question concerning the risk of queer Mormon identity labels being erased after Presid...


The Realities of Social Construction: Interview by Micah Redding, Executive Director of the Christian Transhumanist Society

by Samuel McConnell

https://www.buzzsprout.com/67135/862487-the-realities-of-social-construction-interview-by-micah-redding-executive-director-of-the-christian-transhumanist-society.mp3

November 15, 2018

Joint project with the Christian Transhumanist Podcast! https://www.christiantranshumanism.org/podcastLots of interesting questions. How can we love religion when so many are hurt? How do we describe the reality of social construction? Does Jesus ...


God as a Mother

by Blaire Ostler

November 15, 2018

Dear Heavenly Mother, Today, two of my children fought. As one physically injured the other, my primitive instincts kicked in to protect the injured child with any force necessary. However, before I could even move, I saw the face of the offender....


God: Ever-New And Ancient (Naming the Unnamable) | Matthew Fox

by Mike Morrell

November 15, 2018

How many names for Divinity are there? Do the names for God change? Ought they change as humans evolve and as circumstances of life evolve around us? Matthew Fox reveals the urgent need for ancient-future names of God.


McLean v Arkansas and the Demonic Hypothesis of UFO

by Tony Breeden

November 14, 2018

I was reminded recently that the Demonic Hypothesis of UFO played a role during 1981’s McLean v Arkansas Board of Education court case when it was used by evolutionists to discredit Dr. Norman Geisler’s testimony. On March 1, 1982, fellow creation...


Is ‘Oumuamua an Alien Spacecraft?

by Tony Breeden

November 13, 2018

Recently, two Harvard university researchers proposed that a cigar-shaped astronomical object dubbed “‘Oumuamua” was actually an alien probe ship. Two things need to be said about that theory up front. This isn’t likely. And this isn’t a new theor...


Re-Thinking Hellfire for a Christianity Without Insanity | Boyd Purcell

by Mike Morrell

November 10, 2018

In religious literature, suffering and punishment in fire are symbolic of the spiritually corrective nature of metaphorical fire. A literal interpretation of the symbolism of fire is a major cause of fear, spiritual insanity, and...


God in My Head? | Josh Grisetti

by Mike Morrell

November 09, 2018

The following is an excerpt from God in My Head, Josh Grisetti’s divine dialogue memoir with blunt comic undertones. It’s a featured Speakeasy selection, and there are still limited review copies available for qualified reviewers...


Jesus Was An Abductee! Chris Ward on Alien Abductions

by Tony Breeden

November 07, 2018

The late Pastor Chris Ward (1948-2015) was one of the presenters of the First Christian Symposium on Aliens in July of 2009. The Symposium sparked a new wave of interest in the Demonic Hypothesis of UFO, resuscitated from charismatic deliverance m...


Our Resistance, My Resistance: Enough for the Whole World | Making America Great Again | David N Moore

by Mike Morrell

November 06, 2018

  The following is an excerpt of Making America Great Again, a winsome and prophetic text by David N Moore. It’s a featured Speakeasy selection, and there are still limited review copies available for qualified reviewers. Our Res...


No Pity for Nietzsche

by Lincoln Cannon

November 03, 2018

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An Immanent God Meets Us in Our Pain: Science Mike & ‘Mystic’ Mike Mix it Up!

by Mike Morrell

October 29, 2018

A few days ago, before the sold-out Evolving Faith Conference kicked off at Montreat, ‘Science’ Mike McHargue and I were able to grab an hour together to talk about some of our most vulnerable experiences with God, and how these ...


Queer Abuse

by Blaire Ostler

October 26, 2018

The Church released their new “Abuse Help” website and from what I have read, I am impressed. It seems thoughtful, helpful, and sincere. This would have been something I would have liked to see when I was assaulted by a priesthood holder as a teen...


When You Quote the Bible At Me | Leatherbound Terrorism | Chris Kratzer

by Mike Morrell

October 26, 2018

The following is an excerpt of Leatherbound Terrorism, Chris Kratzer‘s incisive and confessional memoir-manifesto about life in Christ after evangelicalism. It’s a featured Speakeasy selection, and there are still limited review ...


Personal consciousness as a strange attractor in the mindscape

by Giulio Prisco

October 24, 2018


Maximum Jailbreak, and the legacy of Stephen Hawking

by Giulio Prisco

October 22, 2018


For Time and All Eternity

by Blaire Ostler

October 22, 2018

I love my Latter-day Saint family and friends, immensely. I love our common theology, Mormonism. Not only that, I believe it. I want to build Zion with them. I want celestial glory as an eternal family with them. I want to participate in theosis w...


Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life | August Turak

by Mike Morrell

October 18, 2018

The following is an excerpt of Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life, an award-winning true story about the surprising power of generosity – now beautifully illustrated in an all-ages rendering. It’s a featured ...


Dear Millennials

by Blaire Ostler

October 18, 2018

Dear Millennials,Our generation is technologically connected in ways our parents never imagined. Social media allows us to hear what’s happening around the world in a matter of seconds. We watch videos of cops shooting black men only moments after...


Are Cell Phones and Drones Foiling Satan’s Nefarious UFO Deception?

by Tony Breeden

October 17, 2018

Christian UFO experts espousing the Demonic Hypothesis of UFO assure us that UFOs are a Satanic deception, yet, if this is the case, why are UFO reports in such a steep decline? The fact that they are statistically in decline is undeniable at this...


The Garden and the Stream: A Technopastoral

by Ryan Hauck

October 16, 2018

Originally posted on Hapgood: Opening keynote for dLRN 2015. Delivered October 16th @ Stanford. Actual keynote may have gone on significant tangents… 1 | a year in the garden A week or so ago, I was reading about the Oregon shooting. I’m a pretty ...


Queer, Mormon, and Transhuman: Part IV

by Blaire Ostler

October 15, 2018

I’ve received a bit of feedback from peers about my work not being relevant enough to transhumanism and that I focus more on the “queer” and “Mormon” than “transhumanism.” A casual reading of my work might understandably lead someone to this concl...


Tales of the Turing Church: Public draft

by Giulio Prisco

October 13, 2018


Is Transhumanism a Challenge or an Opportunity for the Christian Faith?

by Elias Kruger

October 11, 2018

This week, Ravi Zachariah’s Institute here in Atlanta hosted an event entitled: “Should we fear Artificial Intelligence?” In it, British Mathematician and Christian Apologist John Lennox gave a lecture on the challenge of AI and Transhumanism to t...


Response to Dr John Lennox at RZIM on AI and the church #TrendingQuestions

by Mark Russell

October 11, 2018

A response of Hope to dr. John Lennox's sermon at Ravi Zacharias Ministries, asking the question if we should fear artificial intelligence. The post Response to Dr John Lennox at RZIM on AI and the church #TrendingQuestions appeared first on The...


This is Heaven

by Blaire Ostler

October 10, 2018

William: You know how I was dead when I was a baby and then the doctors brought me back to life?Me: Yes. It was very scary. William: Well, if I died and now I’m alive this is heaven right now.Me: Huh. I never thought of it that way.William: But wh...


Gratitude and Reality

by Ryan Hauck

October 09, 2018

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero Richest Blessings to all of my readers. If you are Canadian, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that the long weekend was a fruitful one...


49 Thoughts on October 2018 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

by Lincoln Cannon

October 08, 2018

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The Valley of Dry Bones in light of Artificial Intelligence.

by Mark Russell

October 07, 2018

In my Christian walk, the valley of dry bones has always been one of those stories that didn’t make a lot of sense. Yesterday I was able to see that story in a completely new perspective that I would like to share. However, before we go there, I h...


No Gospel for Aliens? Creation.com’s Interpretive Overreach Reveals a Major Misunderstanding of the Fall

by Tony Breeden

October 07, 2018

Shaun Doyle recently fielded an alleged letter to Creation Ministries International which cautioned against interpretive overreach on the subject of extraterrestrial life, lest we repeat the historical embarrassment of hitching our star to geocent...


Thinspace

by Jeremiah John

October 05, 2018

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Isaac Watts, Extraterrestrials and Isaiah 45:18

by Tony Breeden

October 02, 2018

Dr. Danny Faulkner has written a post in which he takes issue with the pro-extraterrestrial opinion of Isaac Watts, the “Godfather of English Hymnody.” In his lifetime, Watts composed around 750 hymns, including “Joy to the World,” “Alas! and Did ...


Why Do You Hate Men?

by Blaire Ostler

October 01, 2018

He asked me, “Why do you hate men?”The question took me off guard. I scanned through my mental rolodex of people I love. Many of the closest people in my life are men. My best friend is a man. I am raising two men whom I would live and die for. I’...


The Fermi Paradox: Looking for Smoke Signals in a Cell Phone Universe

by Tony Breeden

September 29, 2018

The Fermi Paradox has plagued folks who ponder the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life ever since Enrico Fermi asked the question, “Where is everybody?” I think it’s time we admit how presumptuous his question is. Recently, I read ano...


The 45th Parallel: What Alien Abductions and Satanic Ritual Abuse Have In Common

by Tony Breeden

September 29, 2018

Some proponents of the Demonic Hypothesis of UFO have made a big deal about a study presented on the third night of an MIT (yes, THAT MIT) alien abduction conference held June 13-17, 1992. During that conference, California therapist Gwen Dean not...


Official Posts


  • Announcement! National Geographic to sponsor Christian Transhumanist Conference 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 Seaso...


  • (DRAFT) Statement on Radical Life Extension

    This is the draft of a proposed statement, circulated for review and comment. Keynote speaker Aubrey de Grey will explore radical life extension at the upcoming Christian Transhumanist Conference on August 25th, in Nashville, TN. Statement of Un...


  • Mike Morrell to present at Christian Transhumanist Conference 2018

    The Christian Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that Mike Morrell will present at the first Christian Transhumanist Conference, on August 25th, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Mike Morrell is the collaborating author, with...


  • Emily Sue Laird to present on Art & Transhumanism—at Christian Transhumanist Conference 2018

    The Christian Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that Emily Sue Laird will present at the first Christian Transhumanist Conference, on August 25th, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Emily Sue Laird is a Nashville-based commer...


  • Derek Webb to perform at Christian Transhumanist Conference 2018

    The Christian Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that Derek Webb will perform at the first Christian Transhumanist Conference, on August 25th, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Derek Webb is a folk musician from Nashville, TN...


  • Dr. Scott Hawley to speak at Christian Transhumanist Conference 2018

    The Christian Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that Scott Hawley will be a featured speaker at the first Christian Transhumanist Conference, on August 25th, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Scott Hawley is Associate Pr...


  • J. Jeanine Thweatt to speak at Christian Transhumanist Conference 2018

    The Christian Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that J. Jeanine Thweatt will be a featured speaker at the first Christian Transhumanist Conference, on August 25th, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Jennifer Jeanine Thweatt h...


  • Ted Peters to speak at Christian Transhumanist Conference 2018

    The Christian Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Ted Peters will be a featured speaker at the first Christian Transhumanist Conference, on August 25th, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Ted Peters (Ph.D., Univers...


  • Call for Presentations: Christian Transhumanist Conference 2018

    The Christian Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that the first ever Christian Transhumanist Conference will take place on Saturday, 25 August 2018, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. The keynote speaker is Aubrey de Grey, a l...


  • SAVE THE DATE! Christian Transhumanist Conference 2018

    UPDATE! Register now! Early-early-early-bird discount for limited time only! Christian Transhumanist Conference Saturday, August 25th, 2018 • NASHVILLE, TN Register now! The Christian Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that we are...


  • Slate: Transhumanism is Complicating the Relationship between Faith & Science

    Slate covers the Christian Transhumanist Association, along with people like Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Yuval Noah Harari, Ray Kurzweil, and Anthony Levandowski—as examples of the religious discussions and aspirations that emerge on the frontiers...


  • BBC — Immortality, The Why Factor

    BBC World Service aired a 2-minute interview with Micah Redding on Christian Transhumanism, and how the resurrection of Christ impacts our pursuit of life, radical longevity, and healing. It was part of The Why Factor (hosted by Chloe Hadjimatheou...


  • CTA Announces Officer Appointments

    The Christian Transhumanist Association is proud to announce the addition of three officers to our leadership team: Agbolade Omowole, Jenne Alderks, and Heather Goodman. Agbolade Omowole will be serving as Vice-Chair, Jenne Alderks will be servi...


  • 2018 Board Election Results

    Over the last month, we've been holding elections for the Board of the Christian Transhumanist Association. Each seat is appointed for a three-year term, and serves to represent the CTA to the larger world, and to represent our broad community as ...


  • Electing the Next Board of the CTA

    Since our public launch almost three years ago, the Christian Transhumanist Association has been working hard to advance the conversation between Christianity and the leading edges of technological thought.  From our first major action funding ...


  • CTA announces newest board member, Timothy Langer

    The Christian Transhumanist Association is proud to announce the addition of our newest board member—Timothy Langer. Timothy has an Interdisciplinary Bachelor's Degree in Science and History from Rochester College, and a Certificate from Yale in t...


  • CTA affiliates with Humanity+

    Humanity+ is one of the leading advocates of the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. In their prior incarnation as the World Transhumanist Association, they adopted the historic Transhumanist Declaration, and helped pioneer the m...


  • N+1 Magazine: Meghan O'Gieblyn loses her faith, discovers Christian Transhumanism

    Journalist Meghan O'Gieblyn lost her faith, found transhumanism, and then realized she was on a strange, winding path back to Christianity. N+1 Magazine and The Guardian published her beautiful and haunting story—an open-ended journey that has re...


  • Announcing the Academic Advisory Council

    In keeping with our aim to continue advancing the conversation around Christianity and Transhumanism, I'm very pleased to announce our new Academic Advisory Council. The council will help inform our growth and development, and establish a center o...


  • CTA Board Announcement & Appreciation

    At the end of last month, we marked a historic moment for the CTA—completing our first full-board election, and appointing eight board seats. We also said goodbye to several board members who have worked hard to bring us to this point. Among them...


  • Letter from Our Board Chair

    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...


  • Inverse: When Cyborgs and Christians Compromise

    Inverse Magazine asks: Can Christians can come to terms with transhumanism? It explores some of the tensions and difficulties, and finds an answer that drives to the heart of the biblical story: the blind see, the deaf hear, and the lame walk. Re...


  • Christ & Pop Culture: Can Transhumanism Lead Us Back to Orthodoxy?

    Is transhumanism a new version of Gnosticism? Or is it in fact the opposite—a rejection of the Gnosticism it has found lurking in popular Christianity, and a radical attempt to reclaim the heart of Christian orthodoxy? What does this mean for how ...


  • Baptist News Asks: Can Transhumanism Enrich Christian Theology?

    A recent article at Baptist News discusses the CTA and the Embrace Warmer project, and asks whether transhumanism can enrich a Christian theology of incarnation and humanity. Read the full article by Matthew Waller here.


  • The Christian Transhumanist Affirmation

    Over the last few months, I've been working with the Board and the Membership Council, to craft a Christian Transhumanist Affirmation. Of course, trying to draft a list of ideas that we all agree on is quite an undertaking—and not something we wil...


  • Motherboard: The Jesuit Priest Who Helped Create Modern Transhumanism

    Motherboard just ran my article on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the 1930s Jesuit priest whose ideas helped lead to modern transhumanism. Teilhard was a powerful visionary of the future, synthesizing science, religion, evolution, technology, and lov...


  • Embrace & the Christian Transhumanist Association

    Earlier this year, the Christian Transhumanist Association made its public debut with an open invitation to membership, and a small fundraising campaign that brought in approximately $1200. Now, as our first substantial financial act, the membersh...


  • Motherboard: Why I became a Christian Transhumanist

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


  • Christian Post: Why Christians should embrace Transhumanism

    The Christian Post has published an article by Christopher Benek on why Christians should embrace transhumanism. It has always been the goal of Christians to care for and heal the sick, give sight to the blind, help deaf to hear, the lame to wal...


  • Disability Acceptance and Access

    At almost any minute of any day, your life could change drastically. Our bodies are fragile, our destinies determined second-by-second. Snap your fingers. That’s how suddenly what you have come to expect for yourself, or a member of your family, c...


  • Christian Transhumanists involved in support for Orphan Technology & Education Project

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


  • H+ Magazine: Towards a Relational Transhumanism

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


  • H+ Magazine: Humanity+ vs Individualism+

    H+ magazine has published Chris Benek's essay on the difference between a transhumanism that's really only looking out for individual advancement, versus a transhumanism that's truly working towards human advancement. This is a big discussion in ...


  • H+ Magazine: Christianity & Transhumanism

    H+ magazine ran an essay, arguing that Christianity compels us towards transhumanism. Read the essay and comment here: http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/05/22/christianity-is-transhumanism/ 



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