Robert Doede: Human Nature, Technology and Mind-Uploading

Robert Doede: Human Nature, Technology and Mind-Uploading

This post traces the history of human nature and then relates this nature to the concept of “mind uploading.” Doede asks: “How did we get to the point where we can realistically entertain the notion of engineering the uploading of human identities onto inorganic digital platforms, especially given the prevailing evolutionary and physicalist ideological climate characteristic of contemporary western thought?” He argues that mind uploading is not our common destiny, and not even a coherent concept.

Michael Mawson: Theological Anthropology and Extending Life

Michael Mawson: Theological Anthropology and Extending Life

Michael Mawson asks “How should Christians understand and respond to recent technologies aiming to radically extend the human lifespan?” Responding through the work of Barth and Bonhoeffer, Mawson explores the key category of finitude for theological anthropology.

Celia Deane-Drummond: Features of Our Humanitas in a Cyborg Age

Celia Deane-Drummond: Features of Our Humanitas in a Cyborg Age

Celia Deane-Drummond introduces theologians to “extended evolutionary synthesis,” a concept known to some evolutionary theorists. She examines how this theory differs from other evolutionary theories, and opens some questions for the conversation between theology and science.

David Lewin: I Post Therefore I Am: The Formation of Identity in an Age of Social Media

David Lewin: I Post Therefore I Am: The Formation of Identity in an Age of Social Media

David Lewin argues that the identify-forming capacity of social media needs to be a key component of our understand of its role in our lives.

Jens Zimmermann: A Theological Account of Personhood

Jens Zimmermann: A Theological Account of Personhood

Jens Zimmermann has been awarded a British Academy Visiting Fellowship and will be conducting research in the faculty of theology and religion at Oxford University, Christ Church College, in collaboration with Graham Ward, from August 1, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Over the course of this project, Zimmermann intends to sketch the historical development and substantive contours of a theological conception of personhood and bring this description of ‘who we are’ to bear on pressing technological and social issues.

John Behr: A Theology of Joy

John Behr: A Theology of Joy

In this interview at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Father John Behr discusses the implications of a theology of joy for our living today. Indeed, joy, for Behr, is ultimately joy of life, the joy of being alive, a comprehensive intellectual, physical, psychical, and spiritual mode of being. As such, joy is much more than a matter of acquisition; it requires a work of cultivation.

Ashley John Moyse: The Art of Living for the Technological Age

Ashley John Moyse: The Art of Living for the Technological Age

With a background in the applied health sciences and as a theologian in bioethics and the medical humanities, Dr. Ashley John Moyse approaches the topic of his lecture, the art of living for the technological age, from the perspective of our incarnated human being. For Moyse, it is vital that we approach our being as more than dead flesh waiting to be animated, but as soul spoken in bodily form.