From Human to Posthuman: Christian Theology And Technology by Brent Waters

By Brent Waters

Expertise is without doubt one of the dominant forces shaping the rising postmodern global. certainly the very textile of way of life depends upon a number of info, communique, and transportation applied sciences. With expected advances in biotechnology, synthetic intelligence, and robotics, that dependence increases. but this starting to be dependence is followed with a deep ambivalence. for lots of know-how symbolises the religion of the postmodern international, however it is an ambivalent religion encapsulating either our hopes and fears for the long run. This e-book examines the spiritual foundations underlying this afflicted religion in expertise, in addition to seriously and constructively attractive specific technological advancements from a theological standpoint.

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Rather, elaborate attempts are undertaken to treat them as if they have certain interests (and in some cases rights) that should be respected. Yet any attempt to discern how a particular fetus, anencephalic infant or patient in a persistent vegetative state might want to be treated is an imaginative exercise. Moreover, it is an exercise conducted within differing social and political contexts, accounting for the wide range of moral practices and laws within various liberal regimes governing such issues as abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.

Fetuses, anencephalic infants and patients in a persistent vegetative state, for example, do not have the ability to express how they want to or should be treated. Yet those exercising custodial care are usually not at liberty to regard them as property to be disposed of as such. Rather, elaborate attempts are undertaken to treat them as if they have certain interests (and in some cases rights) that should be respected. Yet any attempt to discern how a particular fetus, anencephalic infant or patient in a persistent vegetative state might want to be treated is an imaginative exercise.

These protests are purposely pointless, other than as a medium for venting rage, because any reforms generated are by definition ignoble and therefore not worth pursuing. Consequently, the principal conflict among anarchists is over the volume of volatile energy that should be expended in their admittedly pointless gestures. The latter represents a sectarian strategy of creating an alternative reality. Despite late liberalism’s pervasive influence, small, isolated niches can be carved out. Within the borders of these tiny enclaves courageous individuals may live noble lives, while ignoring, as much as possible, the surrounding banality in which they are encased.

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