A Divine Witness: An Analysis of the Controversial Idea of Transhumanism
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In the technologically advanced world that we live in more and more people are searching for “The Holy Grail”. Not the cup that King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table scoured all of Britain for, but the idea of a scientific “Holy Grail” that would transform all who utilized it into a super-form free from death and illness. The idea of transcending one’s own flaws and becoming immortal has been the base of many religions throughout mankind’s history, but in those religions to transcend usually meant death now Transhumanists are offering a life on earth free from expiry. The organization and implementation of transhumanistic ideas by The Mormon Transhumanist Assciation would allow any desiring human to become free from death, but many such as The Catholic Church and Francis Fukuyama feel that by doing this the human race would be defying bioethical ideals set by the United States Government and the Divine Will of God.
Mormonism is a religion of the Judeo-Christian tradition that advocates discipleship of Jesus Christ that leads to creative and compassionate works. On the other hand, Transhumanism is a mostly worldly ideology that advocates ethical use of technology to expand human abilities. However, Mormonism and Transhumanism advocate remarkably similar views of human nature and potential. (Association, 2010). The Mormon Tranhumaist Association believes that both Mormonism and Transhumanism share in large the same ideals. “We believe that scientific knowledge and technological power are among the means ordained of God to enable such exaltation, including realization of diverse prophetic visions of transfiguration, immortality, resurrection, renewal of this world, and the discovery and creation of worlds without end” (Asso...
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...ligions that would not allow transhumanistic views to muddy the water about a life after death.
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