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  • Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement
  • By: Ronald Cole-Turner
  • Narrated by: Tim Lundeen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
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Transhumanism and Transcendence

By: Ronald Cole-Turner
Narrated by: Tim Lundeen
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The timeless human desire to be more beautiful, intelligent, healthy, athletic, or young has given rise in our time to technologies of human enhancement. Athletes use drugs to increase their strength or stamina; cosmetic surgery is widely used to improve physical appearance; millions of men take drugs like Viagra to enhance sexual performance. And today researchers are exploring technologies such as cell regeneration and implantable devices that interact directly with the brain. Some condemn these developments as a new kind of cheating - not just in sports but in life itself - promising rewards without effort and depriving us most of all of what it means to be authentic human beings.

"Transhumanists", on the other hand, reject what they see as a rationalizing of human limits, as if being human means being content forever with underachieving bodies and brains. To be human, they insist, is to be restless with possibilities, always eager to transcend biological limits. 

Christian theologians recognize truth on both sides of the argument, pointing out how the yearnings of the transhumanists - if not their technological methods - find deep affinities in Christian belief. In this volume, Ronald Cole-Turner has joined seasoned scholars and younger, emerging voices together to bring fresh insight into the technologies that are already reshaping the future of Christian life and hope.

The book is published by Georgetown University Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©2011 Georgetown University Press (P)2020 Redwood Audiobooks

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"An important call to a mutual dialogue between Christians and transhumanists." (Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy)

"A deeply engaging and critical guide to competing arguments about being human within the contemporary context." (Religious Studies Review)

"This is the most important Christian debate on transhumanism that I have ever read...mandatory reading." (Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology)

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Complete and informative

This book is a serious and interesting discussion on transhumanism. It is one of the best books I have encounter in my life: eye opening and challenging. You won't waste a seconds on any chapter.