Transhumanism as a Religious Product of the West: A Comparative Analysis with Christianity
Sherbert, Michael Gilbert
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This project examines transhumanism and its historical relationship to Christianity in the West. Through a comparison of the eschatologies of transhumanism and Christianity this project argues that transhumanist ideas which espouse the inevitability of mechanical life and the immortalization of the human mind are akin to a particular understanding of Christian eschatological belief. In doing this comparison, this project demonstrates that transhumanist theories of the future state of humanity may in fact be religious extensions of Christian apocalyptic traditions in the West. A central basis of this eschatological comparison between these two worldviews includes the equation of the transhumanist understanding of the mind with particular Christian understandings of the soul. This venture entertains the idea of conceiving transhumanism as a religion and as such discusses some potential implications of this conception. An analysis of the comparative method in this case is also discussed.
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