Does changing humans with the use of transhuman technology belong in the Christian church? What stance should the church take?
Transhumanism is a growing trend in culture. It pursues the improvement of humans through the fusion of the body with technology. The trend began with the intent to restore the human body to wellness. But, it has developed into a drive to make the body better than the way it was created. These improvements include the following:
- Artificial cognition depends on AR to remember what the mind used to retain.
- Information processing.
- Predictive reasoning (for instance, predictive text).
The Evolution of Transhumanism Technology
Transhumanism is not so far-fetched as some may think. Individuals of westernized societies already depend upon smartphones for immediate information. Swipe to pay has evolved from debit and credit cards to Pay Pal, Apple Pay, and Google pay. Now there is a new movement of individuals with implanted computer chips in their arms – to pay. Bionic body parts have evolved into “body morphing.” Morphing is changing the body to something other than how it was created.
Morphing may have begun early on with body modifications. Modifications include tattoos, body piercings, and a cleaved tongue. Body mods are now acceptable at large, even within the Christian church. The Christian church now has to question where does it go from here? Modifications have now broken into the medical field. Doctors use prosthetic limbs, and implants that improve organ and muscle functions. They also perform unnecessary aesthetic implants. The newest research in body modifications on humans includes the following:
- A body that transcends death.
- In-vitro genetic manipulation.
- Experimentation with chimeras through gene splicing and DNA manipulation.
The Philosophy of Transhumanism
An introduction to the philosophies of transhumanism can be found all over the media. Comic books and movies with morphed superheroes and anti-heroes have become widespread entertainment. Superheroes are also in books, games, and virtual reality. Other movies (Transcendence) portray transhuman characters as heroes in very advanced societies. Entertainment conditions society to see transhumanism as cool, and forward-thinking. As a result, there is no debate about the morality of these kinds of changes in the human body.
According to Christ and Pop Culture, there is a question on the morality of transhumanism. “Beyond human” means, the movement intends to change the nature of humanity. Transhumanists acknowledge that their end goal is to recreate humanity. We will become posthuman through the use of technology. The same technology that westernized societies use daily.
The absence of the Christian God and Satan
Transhumanism is rooted in Gnosticism. The Christian church believes that God is the creator of humanity and the world in which we live. Satan is the destroyer of all godly things. Yet, Gnosticism and transhumanism both appoint man as his own god because there is no God.
If God does not exist, then Satan doesn’t exist, hence good and evil don’t exist. Satan and evil have become prevalent in entertainment as entertainment. Transhumanism in entertainment elevates man to a god-like pedestal.
In entertainment, transhumanism works outside the boundaries given to humankind by God. Without these boundaries, humanity no longer functions within the image of their Creator.