Micah Redding — Christian Transhumanism: faith, technology & the future

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The Structure of the Biblical Story

The biblical story is rich and complex—and full of metaphor, symbolism, and beauty. But given its length and complexity, it’s easy to throw up our hands at the prospect of understanding it all. This can lead us to accept overly simplistic account...
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All Things Work Together For Good

There’s a verse in Romans that says something like this: “All things work together for good”. I had a teacher who didn’t like that verse. He thought it was saying that all things are already good—we just can’t see it yet. And, rightly I think, he...
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Why Christians Should Support Radical Life Extension

“Never again will there be… an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child” (Isaiah 65:20, NIV) In Isaiah 65, the great prophet of the Jewish s...

My Grandfather

Last week, I lost my grandfather. Two years ago, I lost my grandfather from the other side. This is what I wrote at the time. — My grandfather died in December. For me and my siblings, this was the first real “death in the family”, and it was a...
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Minimum Viable Theology: Good Wins

If you’ve spent any time in the tech world, you’re probably familiar with the term “Minimum Viable Product”. The idea is that when you’re building something, it’s better to start with the most basic version possible, so that you can see if the ide...
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The Faith of the Martian

My first article for The Huffington Post went up this week: The Faith of the Martian I have a bad habit of starting essays about movies, and not finishing them until months later — and that's the case here. But the subject matter is something I'v...
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Existentialism

If you’ve ever thought deeply about life, or perhaps experienced something that set you back, and disrupted everything you thought you knew — you might have ended up floating in despair. In this state, it might seem that nothing makes sense. Or,...
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The New God Argument and A New Apologetics

Recently my friend Lincoln Cannon released the third version of his groundbreaking New God Argument. This argument is a philosophical justification for trust in God, laying the technical groundwork for a rational approach to religion and theology....
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What I Would Write

Right now, my mind is a flurry of thoughts, ideas, and questions. This is typical for me, at this time of year, when there’s downtime, when everything is nominally starting over, when I’m reconnecting with my family, and resetting my expectations ...
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Transhumanism is a Mars Hill opportunity

In Acts 17, the apostle Paul does something remarkable. He walks onstage at Mars Hill in Athens, the center of the philosophical tradition of the Greek world, and begins to talk about an unknown god. Unlike almost every other sermon in Acts, this...
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What’s up with the word Transhumanist?

Many of you know that I’ve spent the last couple of years trying to support and grow the Christian Transhumanist Association, an organization devoted to creating a better relationship between religion and technology. I’ve talked before about what ...
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The Infinite Morality of Jesus

In his book, The Beginning of Infinity, David Deutsch argues that there are moments when something switches from being of only limited and local use, to having infinite reach. If you’ve ever played around with Roman Numerals, you’ve experienced a...
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The Church of Christ

Some of you may know that I was raised in the Churches of Christ, a small religious group that emerged from the American Restoration Movement of the early 1800s. At the time of the Restoration Movement, Christianity was radically divided. Not onl...
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Three ways of seeing the world

It seems to me that there are three main ways you can look at the world. The first is monism, and it holds that everything is one. God and the world and heaven and earth and you and me are all one blur, and all our dividing lines are illusions to...
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Against Consumerism

I’ve written before about my love for Iron Man 3. In it, Tony Stark faces the hard question of personal identity. Who is he? Who is Iron Man? At first glance, the answer would seem to revolve around his suit. Iron Man is the guy who wears the su...
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What is Technology?

A few days ago, I published an essay attempting to explain and define transhumanism. At root, I said, transhumanism is the idea that we can make things better. One comment suggested that I should add an important qualifier: transhumanism is the ...
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What is Transhumanism? And why should Christians care?

In the past year, a strange new idea called “transhumanism” has started to show up in documentaries, tv series, and blockbuster movies. It’s often coupled with stories of amazing new medical developments, like restoring hearing to the deaf, or sig...
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Spaceships & Christmas

For some reason, I’ve always associated space exploration with Christmas. No, I don’t think it’s because of that movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. I think it’s deeper, going back to something elemental in my childhood brain. As a kid, I...
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An open letter to the non-egalitarian Churches of Christ

Recently, I became aware that the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ hired a female preaching intern. I did not become aware of this through any direct connection with the congregation, but through a series of declamations and comments posted on Faceb...
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Medium vs Message

For me, there is a deep philosophical conflict that runs underneath everything I do and think. It makes me constantly question and measure and analyze — holding everything I’m doing up to inspection, trying to figure out how it matches to the two ...

Reading List

It’s about time I have a recommended reading list. If you want to get inside my head (why would you want that??!!), this is what you need to read. Non-fiction: The Physics of Immortality (Frank Tipler) This book is a mind-warping exploration of...
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The hardest thing to believe

The hardest thing to believe in the New Testament isn’t that a guy rose from the dead. For the disciples, the hardest thing to believe was that they were going to come to possess the Roman Empire, and build a new civilization, and it was all going...
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Christianity is a set of memes

I’m a Christian. That means that I think that a certain set of memes — memes which started in first-century Israel, and very quickly spread out into the rest of the world — are very significant. As time went on, those memes profoundly reshaped th...
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Politics is Metaphysics

I watched Atlas Shrugged last night. Not a great movie. Nevertheless, it was thought-provoking in several ways. One might be forgiven for thinking that this movie was about politics. The cameo appearances from political pundits, the focus on gove...
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The Comprehensiveness of Orthodoxy

Many people who use the word “orthodoxy” as a weapon, think of it as an insistence on picking the one correct answer out of many possible. I think this misses the point pretty badly. Orthodoxy isn’t the insistence on finding the one correct answer...