The Christian Transhumanist Podcast
Explore Christianity and Transhumanism, with provocative guests from the leading edges of science and theology.

Ep 41: David Pearce & Engineering Paradise

June 21, 2018

David Pearce lays out a plan for building heaven on earth, shows us why vegans need more science fiction, and explains why computers will never become conscious.


Ep 40: Justin Lee—Gay, Geek & Christian

June 07, 2018

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


Ep 39: Ilia Delio, Christ & Evolution

May 31, 2018

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.


Ep 38: NT Wright & the Future of God

May 24, 2018

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.


Ep 37: Robin Hanson & The Elephant in the Brain

May 16, 2018

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.


Ep 36: Aubrey de Grey & the End of Aging

August 28, 2017

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.


Ep 35: David Deutsch & Humanity's Infinite Reach

July 28, 2017

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


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

June 25, 2017

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.


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

April 26, 2017

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 theology & ethics, explores all this and more!


Ep 32: Shannon Vyff, Cryonics & Religious Education

April 11, 2017

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 Century Kids“—discusses all this and more!


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

March 21, 2017

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 and more!


Ep 30: Robert Wright & the Purpose of Evolution

March 13, 2017

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 explores all these questions and more.


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

March 06, 2017

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?


Ep 28: Robert Walden Kurtz & the Zero Sum Game

February 21, 2017

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, hacking the mind, and radical humility.


Ep 27: Christopher Benek—Presbyterian, Pastor, Transhumanist

February 13, 2017

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, how humans are God's technology, and the surprising connection between Ray Kurzweil and NT Wright.


Ep 26: Philip Clayton & The Spectrum of Belief

December 19, 2016

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.


Ep 25: Katharine Hayhoe, Christians & Climate Change

December 05, 2016

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 optimistic ways to address global warming, and the incredible economic and health benefits of clean energy.


Ep 24: Greg Boyd & The Open-Ended God

November 21, 2016

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!


Ep 23: Genesis vs The Babylonians

October 24, 2016

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.


Ep 22: Derek Flood & Disarming Scripture

October 03, 2016

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

September 13, 2016

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.


Ep 20: Predestination vs Free Will

July 25, 2016

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 Beatles, and Jupiter's moon for answers!


Ep 19: Frank Tipler & The End of the Universe

June 21, 2016

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.


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

June 14, 2016

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


Ep 17: Kevin Kelly and The Inevitable

June 07, 2016

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 ourselves.


Ep 16: Wilderness

May 02, 2016

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!

April 21, 2016

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!


Ep 14: Paul Wallace & The Stars Beneath Us

March 16, 2016

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.


Ep 13: Cloning Jesus with Christian Piatt

February 29, 2016

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 spirituality.


Ep 12: Politics & Transhumanism

February 01, 2016

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

December 14, 2015

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

November 30, 2015

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


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

November 23, 2015

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

November 16, 2015

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

November 09, 2015

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!

November 02, 2015

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 Hitler.


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

October 26, 2015

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 future.


Ep 4: Life Extension

August 17, 2015

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


Ep 3: Practical Steps

August 10, 2015

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!

August 03, 2015

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


Ep 1: What is Transhumanism?

July 06, 2015

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.



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