The first-ever Christian
Transhumanist Conference will be held on Saturday,
August 25, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.
The conference will be sponsored by the Christian
Transhumanist Association (CTA), based in Nashville,
which pursues a better conversation between religion and
The keynote speaker will be Aubrey de Grey, a Cambridge
researcher working to end aging, and create biological
immortality through science. The conference will focus
on the religious implications of biological immortality
and other cutting-edge technological possibilities—such
as artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, brain
augmentation, and space exploration.
Other speakers include Jeanine Thweatt, author of "Cyborg
Selves: A Theological Anthropology of the Posthuman,"
Ted Peters, Professor in Systematic Theology & Ethics at
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Scott
Hawley, A.I. researcher and Professor of Physics at
Belmont University, and Derek Webb, Dove
Award-winning musician, formerly of Caedmon's Call.
"This is an incredibly controversial subject matter,
drawing recent interest from a number of religious
groups, including the Vatican," said Micah Redding,
founder and executive director of the association. "Many
of the people pioneering these technologies are claiming
these technologies will end religion, or bring about the
creation of a new 'A.I. god'."
Conference organizers include Neal Locke, graduate of
Princeton Theological Seminary and pastor of First
Presbyterian Church of El Paso, who organized one of the
first religious communities in Second Life, and Mike
Morrell, who is founding organizer of the Wild Goose
Festival, as well as being co-author with Richard Rohr
of 'Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation'.
About Aubrey de Grey
Dr. Aubrey de Grey is the biomedical gerontologist who
researched the idea for and founded SENS Research
Foundation. He received his BA in Computer Science and
Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Cambridge in
1985 and 2000, respectively. Dr. de Grey is
Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, is a Fellow of
both the Gerontological Society of America and the
American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial
and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and
About the Christian Transhumanist Association and
founder Micah Redding
Founded in 2014, CTA has been featured on BBC World
Service, The Guardian, Vice Motherboard, Inverse, Slate,
Huffington Post, N+1, The Daily Beast, and Humanity+
Redding grew up as a preacher's son, spent eight years
as a rock musician, and has traveled extensively,
including places such as Afghanistan during the war, and
Tahrir Square during the revolution. He is an
international TEDx speaker, and a writer and software
developer in Nashville, TN.
Redding wrote an essay titled "Christianity is
Transhumanism" in 2012 which was widely circulated in
the transhumanist community. He regularly holds public
conversations with leading technological futurists and
religious thinkers, like Kevin Kelly, N. T. Wright,
David Deutsch, Greg Boyd, Ilia Delio, and "Human GMO"
The following is an example of how
christian transhumanists are using the Bible to support
The Bible teaches
Christian Transhumanism. Or, in other words, as
presented in the Bible, Christianity entails
Transhumanism. Of course some Christians would disagree.
And some Christians may not understand what that means.
But we can make a reasonable case that the Bible teaches
Christian Transhumanism nonetheless. To illustrate
briefly, here are my top 10 Christian Transhumanist
#10 — 1 John 3: 1-2
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that
we should be called children of God! And that is what we
are! The reason the world does not know us is that it
did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of
God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like
him, for we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3: 1-2)
In this scripture, John says that we are children of God
and that we will be like Christ, suggesting that
humanity has divine capacity. This is consistent with
common Transhumanist estimations that humans have
#9 — John 14: 12
"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do
the works I have been doing, and they will do even
greater things than these, because I am going to the
Father." (John 14: 12)
In this scripture, Jesus claims that his disciples will
do the works he does and even greater things, suggesting
that humanity will do divine works. This is consistent
with common Transhumanist expectations that humans will
do sublime works.
#8 — Revelation 21: 1-4
"Then I saw 'a new heaven and a new earth,' for the
first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and
there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the
new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Look!
God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he
will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God
himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe
every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death
or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of
things has passed away.'" (Revelation 21: 1-4)
In this scripture, John claims God will dwell on Earth
when it is renewed, suggesting that Earth may become
heaven. This is consistent with common Transhumanist
aspirations to transform Earth toward sublime potential.
#7 — Hebrews 11: 7
"By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen,
in holy fear built an ark to save his family." (Hebrews
In this scripture, Paul explains that Noah exemplifies
faith by building an ark to save his family, suggesting
that engineering is among divinely prescribed means of
salvation. This is consistent with the technological
advocacy that is central to Transhumanism.
#6 — Jonah 3: 3-4, 10
"Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh.
Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to
go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into
the city, proclaiming, 'Forty more days and Nineveh will
be overthrown.' ... When God saw what they did and how
they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did
not bring on them the destruction he had threatened."
(Jonah 3: 3-4, 10)
In this scripture, God retracts a prophecy of
destruction when people change, suggesting that
apocalyptic concerns are justified but fatalism is not.
This is consistent with technological optimism when
accompanied by acknowledgement of and work to mitigate
risks, as advocated and exemplified by many
#5 — 1 Corinthians 15: 35-44
"But someone will ask, 'How are the dead raised? With
what kind of body will they come?' How foolish! What you
sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow,
you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed,
perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it
a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he
gives its own body. Not all flesh is the same: People
have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds
another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies
and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the
heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the
earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of
splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and
star differs from star in splendor. So will it be with
the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is
perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in
dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness,
it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is
raised a spiritual body." (1 Corinthians 15: 35-44)
In this scripture, Paul suggests resurrected immortal
bodies will differ from each other as the sun, moon, and
each star differ from each other. This is consistent
with common Transhumanist esteem for morphological
#4 — Luke 24: 36-43
"While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself
stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.'
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a
ghost. He said to them, 'Why are you troubled, and why
do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my
feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not
have flesh and bones, as you see I have.' When he had
said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while
they still did not believe it because of joy and
amazement, he asked them, 'Do you have anything here to
eat?' They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took
it and ate it in their presence." (Luke 24: 36-43)
In this scripture, the resurrected immortal Jesus tells
and demonstrates to his disciples that he has a body of
flesh and bones. This is consistent with the physicalist
metaphysics of most Transhumanists.
#3 — Matthew 10: 7-8
"As you go, proclaim this message: 'The kingdom of
heaven has come near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely
you have received; freely give." (Matthew 10: 7-8)
In this scripture, Jesus charges his disciples to heal
the sick and raise the dead. This is consistent with
common Transhumanist aspirations to overcome death.
#2 — 1 Corinthians 15: 51-54
"Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep,
but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the
twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the
trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised
imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable
must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal
with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed
with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality,
then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death
has been swallowed up in victory.'" (1 Corinthians 15:
In this scripture, Paul claims that not everyone will
die. Eventually, the living will change and the dead
will rise to immortality. This is consistent with common
Transhumanist aspirations to immortality.
#1 — James 2: 14-19
"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone
claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith
save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without
clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, 'Go
in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing
about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same
way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by
action, is dead. But someone will say, 'You have faith;
I have deeds.' Show me your faith without deeds, and I
will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that
there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that —
and shudder." (James 2: 14-19)
In this scripture, James explains that faith without
action is dead. If we have faith in clothing the naked
and feeding the hungry, we should make clothes and grow
food. If we have faith in healing the sick and raising
the dead, we should do something about that. This is
consistent with the technological advocacy that is
central to Transhumanism.
reading this its important to read between the lines.
Transhumanism is a philosophical and cultural position
that encourages human advancement through technology.
More specifically, transhumanism encourages the use of
artificial enhancements to push mankind towards
something “more than” human. Fundamentally, it is a form
of Utopianism, the belief that human beings can change
themselves and create a heaven on earth. The basic idea
of improving the human condition is perfectly compatible
with the Bible. In fact, it’s one of the purposes of a
Christian lifestyle (John 10:10). But transhumanism
contradicts the Bible when it assumes that humanity is
completely sovereign and capable of self-directed change
without the need for God (Jeremiah 17:9).
Like any other cultural movement, there are subsets and
sub-genres of thought under the transhumanist tent.
There are some admirable motivations behind
transhumanism. For some, the intent is to reduce
suffering or improve quality of life (Luke 12:33). Taken
to an extreme, though, it can become a pursuit of
immortality, an escape from moral boundaries, or a form
of religion in and of itself. The ultimate redemption of
mankind is something that will be accomplished by God
alone (Revelation 21:1), not by technology.
Since God gave mankind dominion over the earth, there
are spiritually acceptable means of improving the human
condition through technology. That doesn’t mean that
humans are fully capable, or even fully free, to change
ourselves in any way we choose. Ultimately, God is
sovereign over us; we are not sovereign over ourselves.
Once a person takes the view that they can re-create
themselves, they place themselves in an unrealistic
spiritual position and usurp the prerogatives of God.
Our knowledge, power and ability simply cannot compare
to that of the Creator (Job 38:2-5).
Modern man has technology unimaginable to generations of
a thousand years ago, but we’re still human, still
flawed, and still in need of a Savior (1 John 1:8).
Experience has taught us that human beings tend to be
just as immoral with technology as without it. Aldous
Huxley noted that “what science has actually done is to
introduce us to improved means in order to obtain
hitherto unimproved or rather deteriorated ends.” In
other words, science doesn’t make humanity less sinful,
or more moral; it just makes our sin more sophisticated.
Human experience demonstrates that the utopian side of
transhumanism is just as fictional as its spiritual
President Donald Trump moved the U.S.
Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem many people of faith quickly
recognized the biblical significance of
such a move. Trump, like King Cyrus
before him, fulfilled biblical prophecy,
by recognizing that Jerusalem is the
eternal capital of the Jewish state and
that the Jewish people deserve a
righteous, free and sovereign Israel.