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  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Publication Date: April 2019
  • ISBN: SHATZJATRANSHUMANISMANDTHEI9780830852505

Transhumanism and the Image of God: Today's Technology and the Future of Christian Discipleship

Shatzer, Jacob


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We're constantly invited to think about the future of technology as a progressive improvement of tools: our gadgets will continue to evolve, but we humans will stay basically the same. In the future, perhaps even alien species and intelligent robots will coexist alongside humans, who will grapple with challenges and emerge as the heroes. But the truth is that radical technological change has the power to radically shape humans as well. We must be well informed and thoughtful about the steps we're already taking toward a transhuman or even posthuman future. Can we find firm footing on a slippery slope? Biblical ethicist Jacob Shatzer guides us into careful consideration of the future of Christian discipleship in a disruptive technological environment. In Transhumanism and the Image of God, Shatzer explains the development and influence of the transhumanist movement, which promotes a "next stage" in human evolution. Exploring topics such as artificial intelligence, robotics, medical technology, and communications tools, he examines how everyday technological changes have already altered and continue to change the way we think, relate, and understand reality. By unpacking the doctrine of the incarnation and its implications for human identity, he helps us better understand the proper place of technology in the life of the disciple and avoid false promises of a posthumanist vision. We cannot think about technology use today without considering who we will become tomorrow.

Jacob Shatzer (PhD, Marquette University) is assistant professor and associate dean in the School of Theology and Missions (STM) at Union University. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and the author of A Spreading and Abiding Hope, editor of a volume of essays by A. J. Conyers, and assistant editor for Ethics & Medicine.

Shatzer has published in the fields of theology and ethics, and is an expert in the thought of the late Southern Baptist theologian A. J. Conyers. He has contributed scholarly essays to The New Bioethics, Pro Ecclesia, and The Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture. He is also project director and consultant for BibleMesh, a trusted source for online theological education. He is an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society, where he serves on the steering committee for the study group “Voices in American Theology and Culture: Wendell Berry.”

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We're constantly invited to think about the future of technology as a progressive improvement of tools: our gadgets will continue to evolve, but we humans will stay basically the same. In the future, perhaps even alien species and intelligent robots will coexist alongside humans, who will grapple with challenges and emerge as the heroes. But the truth is that radical technological change has the power to radically shape humans as well. We must be well informed and thoughtful about the steps we're already taking toward a transhuman or even posthuman future. Can we find firm footing on a slippery slope? Biblical ethicist Jacob Shatzer guides us into careful consideration of the future of Christian discipleship in a disruptive technological environment. In Transhumanism and the Image of God, Shatzer explains the development and influence of the transhumanist movement, which promotes a "next stage" in human evolution. Exploring topics such as artificial intelligence, robotics, medical technology, and communications tools, he examines how everyday technological changes have already altered and continue to change the way we think, relate, and understand reality. By unpacking the doctrine of the incarnation and its implications for human identity, he helps us better understand the proper place of technology in the life of the disciple and avoid false promises of a posthumanist vision. We cannot think about technology use today without considering who we will become tomorrow.

Jacob Shatzer (PhD, Marquette University) is assistant professor and associate dean in the School of Theology and Missions (STM) at Union University. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and the author of A Spreading and Abiding Hope, editor of a volume of essays by A. J. Conyers, and assistant editor for Ethics & Medicine.

Shatzer has published in the fields of theology and ethics, and is an expert in the thought of the late Southern Baptist theologian A. J. Conyers. He has contributed scholarly essays to The New Bioethics, Pro Ecclesia, and The Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture. He is also project director and consultant for BibleMesh, a trusted source for online theological education. He is an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society, where he serves on the steering committee for the study group “Voices in American Theology and Culture: Wendell Berry.”

  • Cover Type:
  • 192 Pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Publication Date: April 2019
  • ISBN: SHATZJATRANSHUMANISMANDTHEI9780830852505