Welcome to the Machine: The Transhumanist God
Jan. 30 -
Dr. Lawrence Terlizzese — Have you ever wondered if scientists could build a giant
machine to solve all the world's problems? Or better yet, why not just become
machines and get rid of people all together? Imagine it: no more worries,
sickness, war, drug addiction, or poverty. We can solve the world's problems by
simply getting rid of people. This sounds fantastic but is actually the goal of
the new religion of Transhumanism, which wants to replace the human race with
The wisest man once said there is nothing new under the sun
(Ecc. 1:9). Despite all our modern innovation and progress, the age-old desire
of mankind to become God remains the same. This new religion is steadily
gaining ground, perfectly fit for our hyper technological twenty-first century.
Transhumanism's beliefs are simple, but their implications will be
revolutionary. They want to transcend our mortal bodies and create a super
intelligent godlike human and machine hybrid, called a cyborg, or something
like the Borg from Star Trek. This super machine will solve all our
material and spiritual problems by curing disease, extending life expectancy indefinitely,
and providing for a meaningful existence through creating a continual sense of
euphoria in the brain. There will be no limits to what this super man/machine
will be able to do. All we need to do is surrender our wills to achieve
universal peace and happiness.
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|MEET THE AUTHOR
|DR. LAWRENCE TERLIZZESE
"I once had a student who told me that when he was young he wanted to build a giant computer that would solve all the world's problems. That sounds childish and fantastic, but, in fact, we are headed to a future ruled by a machine and many very intelligent people welcome it. The question is, what can we do about it now?"
Lawrence is one of our newest Probe Research Associates. He holds both a Th.M. and Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of two books, Trajectory of the Twenty First Century: Essays in Theology and Technology and Hope in the Thought of Jacques Ellul.
Into the Void: The Coming Transhuman Transformation
Lawrence introduces in-depth the myth of techological progress's power to return us to the Garden of Eden through the coming Singularity, the time when transhumanists believe that the merging of man and machine will reach its pinnacle, just as C.S. Lewis predicted.
The Last Christian
Sue Bohlin blogs about David Gregory's futuristic novel involving man becoming machine. Like all of Gregory's books, she hated for it to end because she enjoyed it so much!
Does the Future Need Us? The Future of Humanity and Technology
Just how human we can remain in the face of developing technology? Don Closson examines those concerns and provides a Christian response.
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