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

Beyond Fulfilled Eschatology

A few years ago I began to realize that the New Testament authors anticipated the second coming within their own lifetimes. This led me to a lot of study and research, and ultimately to the reluctant conclusion that New Testament eschatology ended...

Thoughts about the accident

On Thursday night, Emily and I were driving along a five-lane road when a truck in front of us suddenly squealed its tires, jerked hard to the left, hit some debris, and then sped off. My first thought was that something had fallen out of the back...

Things I've been meaning to write about

Life is a series of pains. We don’t get to choose a pain-free life, but over time, we do get to choose to live with more interesting pains, like the pain of problem-solving, or creation, or love. This is a fundamental fact of any existence worth ...

Email is universal

Lately, there has been a flurry of discussion about email, from the "email is broken" thread to the "we're solving the wrong problem" theme. Some people want to upgrade email clients to handle email as a task-list, or make it more like letter-writ...
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The Mountain That Bested Me

From my trip journal - Monday, May 21, 2012 Aguas Calientes, Peru. After a day of climbing around Machu Picchu, hiking to the Inca Bridge, and then through the many many terraces of the little stone village itself, we had a day to spend exploring...

I'm back

I'm back. I've been back in the USA for about a week now, and in that week, I've had to re-adjust to life in a country where walking in front of buses is not a good idea, where the primary and only signs are in English, and where I can type on a ...

The Process

I'm in the middle of a 40-day, 16-stop, 14-country tour of the world. This has become our process. Arrive at the airport. Make it through customs. Explain that no, we're not carrying any baggage except these two backpacks. Fight off the taxi dr...
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First day in Peru

I'm in the middle of a 40-day, 16 stop, 14 country tour of the world. These are my experiences. So perhaps my pen will behave. We have just missed a flight to Singapore, and I'm guessing we will be spending our first (unscheduled) night in the ai...

Exile

In some ways, this trip is a vacation. In other ways, it's a self-imposed exile, in which we must slum around the world, often without food, showers, or the benefits of clean clothing. The terms of our exile are these: * 40 days, almost 6 weeks...

Carrying Cash

I'm in the middle of a 40-day, 16 stop, 14 country tour of the world. The most annoying thing about this trip so far has been using currency. Carrying cash does not make me feel powerful. Carrying cash makes me feel vulnerable, like a target. Car...

Itinerary

I'm in the middle of a 40-day, 16 stop, 14 country tour of the world. We're currently in Chilé. Here's our full itinerary: Lima (LIM) May 18, 2012 04:30 AM. Cuzco (CUZ) May 19, 2012 02:00 PM. Lima (LIM) May 22, 2012 01:25 PM. Santiago (S...

I don't speak the language

I'm in the middle of a 40-day, 14-country tour of the world. Our first two countries were Peru and Chilé. I do not speak Spanish. I like not speaking the language. I keep being told that I would enjoy it better if I spoke Spanish, and could conve...
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Something wrong with the world

In the movie The Matrix, Morpheus prods Neo to think about his emotions over the course of his lifetime. Hadn't he always felt out-of-place? Hadn't he always felt that something was not quite right? Of course, the answer was yes. I think this is...
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The Cruel God of the Hebrew Bible

This is a response to Hank Pellissier’s essay on the cruelty of God. My friend Lincoln has already written a response about theism in general, but I wanted to say something about the portrayal of the Hebrew scriptures as a testament to bloodlust. ...

Broadcast From The Singularity

Since our second official episode just went up, I thought it would be good to point out that I'm doing a podcast. This podcast is about the future, the Singularity, and what it's like to experience life on the curve. So far, we've had some grea...
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The Image of God

In 1000 BC, in a world of slaves and warlords, where life was often nasty, brutish, and short, it would have been hard to imagine that humanity could ever be anything else. There was no evidence, no indication, no reason for thinking that humanit...
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Christianity is Transhumanism

Wesley J. Smith has written a short piece entitled Christian Transhumanism is an Oxymoron. For those of you who are interested in either Christianity or transhumanism, I want to make this very clear: Christianity is transhumanism. It’s not jus...

The Singularity: Why the Future is Closer Than You Think

This past Saturday, Ryan Hogan, John Yates and I delivered a presentation and panel discussion on the future of accelerating change at Nashville Podcamp. The session went well, and we had a lot of great questions and discussion from the audience. ...

Sin, Covet, Judge

It is very common to hear Christians define "sin" as "missing the mark". Sin then becomes a word for any kind of imperfection or flaw, for basic human fallibility itself. And it becomes very easy to see how everybody in the whole world could be s...
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Miracles and the Anthropic Principle

The universe appears to have been fine-tuned for life. It's astonishing, really. The physical constants (like the strength of gravity or the number of spatial dimensions) seem to have really improbable values, and those values just happen to be ...
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God can be trusted

Once I heard someone declare that God was like an umbrella, always standing between you and all the trouble raining down. My first thought was, then he's a pretty crappy umbrella. What's the use of feeling protected like this, if you actually ge...

Why I am speaking at the Mormon Transhumanist Conference

Late last year, I explained why I (a non-Mormon) had joined the Mormon Transhumanist Association. I felt like religious people hadn't been interfacing with the future to any appreciable degree, and that those who were spiritual and religious neede...
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Jesus the Insurgent

This is the fourth in a series of essays on Christianity as Anthropology. Read the previous entries here. By the first century the entire world was under the power of the Roman Empire, the full embodiment of the domination system, the violent out...

Aliens among us

I believe there are aliens among us. That is, I believe that there are non-human creatures deeply involved in our own existence. Of course, you believe in them too. You may call them things like schools, corporations, markets, religions, fads, or...