I did a small post on Secondhand Smoke that I thought might be of interest to First Thoughts readers. A Presbyterian pastor apparently considers transhumanism inevitable, and even, consistent with Christian views. I think “Christian transhumanism” is an oxymoron. Here is part of what I wrote:
But the incompatibility is most vividly seen in the two theologies’ contrasting beliefs about suffering: The overarching purpose of transhumanism, its very point, is to avoid suffering–all suffering–whatever the cost and effort that project requires. In contrast, Christians see suffering altogether differently, although there is much confusion in the secular world over this. In Christian theology, suffering can be redemptive. That is not to say that Christians revel in suffering or want others to suffer. To the contrary, it is a Christian obligation to alleviate and palliate the suffering of humanity whenever possible, that is, to take others’ suffering upon their own shoulders. But suffering can also be a trial to accept with humility and for which to give thanks because it can lead the sufferer and his/her caregivers directly into the unconditionally and eternally loving arms of God.
If you want to read more, here’s a link.