Transhumanism and the Image of God

Today's Technology and the Future of Christian Discipleship

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Jacob Shatzer
  • Downers Grove, IL: 
    IVP Academic
    , April
     2019.
     192 pages.
     $22.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780830852505.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Joseph Kimmel forthcoming.

Description

We're constantly invited to think about the future of technology as a progressive improvement of tools: our gadgets will continue to evolve, but we humans will stay basically the same. In the future, perhaps even alien species and intelligent robots will coexist alongside humans, who will grapple with challenges and emerge as the heroes. 

But the truth is that radical technological change has the power to radically shape humans as well. We must be well informed and thoughtful about the steps we're already taking toward a transhuman or even posthuman future. Can we find firm footing on a slippery slope?

Biblical ethicist Jacob Shatzer guides us into careful consideration of the future of Christian discipleship in a disruptive technological environment. In Transhumanism and the Image of God, Shatzer explains the development and influence of the transhumanist movement, which promotes a "next stage" in human evolution. 

Exploring topics such as artificial intelligence, robotics, medical technology, and communications tools, he examines how everyday technological changes have already altered and continue to change the way we think, relate, and understand reality. By unpacking the doctrine of the incarnation and its implications for human identity, he helps us better understand the proper place of technology in the life of the disciple and avoid false promises of a posthumanist vision. We cannot think about technology use today without considering who we will become tomorrow.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jacob Shatzer is Assistant Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Theology and Missions at Union University.

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