From Human to Posthuman
Christian Theology and Technology in a Postmodern World
Technology is one of the dominant forces shaping the emerging postmodern world. Indeed the very fabric of daily life is dependent upon various information, communication, and transportation technologies. With anticipated advances in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and robotics, that dependence will increase. Yet this growing dependence is accompanied with a deep ambivalence. For many technology symbolises the faith of the postmodern world, but it is an ambivalent faith encapsulating both our hopes and fears for the future. This book examines the religious foundations underlying this troubled faith in technology, as well as critically and constructively engaging particular technological developments from a theological perspective.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Chapter 1 The Late Modern Landscape; Chapter 2 A Postmodern World; Chapter 3 Postmodern Technologies; Chapter 4 Postmodern Theology; Chapter 5 An Alternative Theological Framework; Chapter 6 Remaining Creaturely;
Brent Waters is Director of the Center for Ethics and Values, and Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Illinois, USA.
'This is an important and valuable book because the author stresses the significance of theology in thinking about technological progress and places emphasis on the person of Christ in pondering the consequences of this progress upon the fate of humankind.' Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith '... this is a powerful attempt to articulate the theological dimensions of these debates, and is particularly welcome for its robust engagement with the philosophy of transhumanism... the book certainly represents a significant beginning in sketching out the emergent field of theology and technology as it seeks to follow its own path beyond the well-worn routes of science and religion.' Crucible ’Technology is one of the dominant forces shaping the emerging postmodern world. This book examines the religious foundations underlying this troubled faith in technology, as well as critically and constructively engaging particular technological developments from a theological perspective.’ Theological Book Review