Reaching for Immortality: Can Science Cheat Death?
A Christian Response to Transhumanism
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
96 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.19 in
- Published: April 2022
- Published: April 2022
At the forefront of science and technology there lie competing ideologies as to the nature of humanity and the future of human flourishing. Will technology become the ultimate savior, or has the work of salvation already been accomplished? Are we only creatures of mind and body or are we spiritual beings at our core? Reaching for Immortality bravely examines the agenda and ideals of the transhumanist movement, and compares and contrasts these with the biblical vision of a physical resurrection and a divine upgrade of the entire created order. Which vision of the future will inspire you, and capture your allegiance? This book is a primer to provoke deep thought about the impact of technological change on human personhood, and asks crucial questions facing our age: -What does it mean to be human, in light of exponential technological growth? -What is transhumanism and where is it leading us? -How important is embodiment for our personal identity? -How would the biblical understanding of personhood survive in a posthuman future?
“Communities are often unprepared for conversation about the impact of technological change. Sandra Godde helps prepare Christians to think carefully, using major principles, to consider the challenges and opportunities offered by transhumanism. Should we want to live forever on this earth? What difference will it make to faith, hope, and love? Sandra’s clear theological and scientific explanations provide an accessible, well-referenced, and highly readable primer. Take it up and read it.”
—John Mark Capper, Stirling College
“Reaching for Immortality provides an accessible and interesting engagement with transhumanism. Godde brings together issues arising in popular culture and theological scholarship to provide a fun and enlightening read for anyone interested in reflecting on what the big questions raised by science fiction mean for us as Christians as we consider what it is to be a human person.”
—Christy Capper, Wollaston College
“Godde presents us with a future transhumanist world where our bodies are nothing but ‘jelly’ and our ‘brains’ can be digitized and uploaded—sounds like a nightmare to me (especially if the computer crashes!). She contrasts this dystopian future with the beautiful Christian vision of an embodied and relational humanity. . . . She writes in clear and beautiful prose, reminding us that technology should serve humanity, rather than humanity being lost to technology.”
—Terry A. Veling, author of The Beatitude of Mercy