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June 01, 2007

Are Transhumans Children of God?

Transposthuman2 Kevin Kelly, futurist and founder of Wired Magazine, offered up these two thought-provoking questions at the recent Q Conference:

Are transhumans children of God?

What is embedded in Christian culture that will remain in the future?

In speaking on the future of the church, Kelly reminded conference participants that the internet is only 4,000 days old, and that the future will be invented by technological change such as this (hence, the question about transhumanists -- technology already in the making).

Jesus lived 30 generations ago, and we've seen vast cultural changes since his day, with the most rapid changes occuring in the last 1000 years, or 13 generations (frankly the most rapid in the past 100-200 years).

As technology advances, the pace of life increases, and we face new ethical and moral dilemmas and a new understanding of what it means to be human in a Brave New World, what will the world, and Christianity, look like 13 generations from now? What is our role in understanding and shaping that future, and equipping the children of today to face that future?

Joel 1:3 says to "tell your children, tell their children, and their children to the next generation." What we do now affects future generations to the 13th and beyond. 

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We have to err on the side of caution, lest we repeat the scandal of some Europeans not considering American Indians to be human, during the early decades of discovery.

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