Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Christian Transhumanist Association?
Broadly speaking, the Christian Transhumanist Association seeks to be four things:
- A conversation, seeking to promote positive engagement between Christianity and the leading edges of technological development and thought.
- An emerging theology of technology within the Christian tradition.
- A voice for the importance of positive, relational values within the broader transhumanist project.
- A positive religious vision that calls Christians to serve on behalf of the world.
What is Christian Transhumanism?
Christian Transhumanism takes the Christian idea that we are to become like Christ, and the Transhumanist idea that we should use science and technology in ethical ways to improve the world, and sees a strong connection.
Christ exemplifies a life of service and love, and calls us to the work of healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and bringing life to the dead. Christ embodies acts of creativity and learning—the core of what we now call science and technology. Christ demonstrates that human nature is not limited by what we see around us—but is anchored in the continually unfolding image of God.
Thus, to become like Christ involves using science and technology in ethical ways to improve the world.
What is Transhumanism?
Transhumanism is a growing intellectual movement based on the idea that we should use science and technology in ethical ways to improve ourselves and our world. The term transhumanism is connected to humanism, a teaching that holds the values of human life and agency as central. Transhumanism makes the further claim that human potential is not defined by the limits of what we see around us—but that humanity should continue to overcome limitations and progress into the indefinite future.
Why use the term “transhumanist”?
The term transhumanism is a touchpoint for conversation between the billions of Christians in the world, and thinkers on the leading edges of science and technology. Historically, it has a rich background in Christian thought, apparently coined by Dante circa 1320, to reflect on notions of spiritual transformation. Now, it is commonly used to address the interface between humans and futuristic technologies, such as advanced prosthetics, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.
What is the history of the word “transhumanism”?
It originates with Dante in 1320, winds through Christian history, and is picked up in the work of Jesuit priest and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Teilhard's friend Julien Huxley uses the term in 1957 in attempt to define a philosophy of humanity's ongoing transformation. This leads to secular transhumanism, as it is understood today.
What is Christianity?
Christianity is a religion that grew out of the first-century life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, also known as Christ. A Christian is someone seeking to become like Christ, who is believed to be the perfect image of God, and the full embodiment of what it means to be human.