Doketisch, pelagianisch, sarkisch? Transhumanismus und technologische Modifikationen des Körpers in einer theologischen Perspektive

Wirth, Mathias (2018). Doketisch, pelagianisch, sarkisch? Transhumanismus und technologische Modifikationen des Körpers in einer theologischen Perspektive. Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, 60(1), pp. 142-167. de Gruyter 10.1515/nzsth-2018-0008

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The human body seems remarkably linked to the demand for change and transgression of an encountered condition. With this, the plasticity of the body allows for a thorough quantum transition. Transhumanism, a recent philosophical-scientific movement, responds not only to the fundamental questions of anthropology, indicating transgressional potentialities, but also to ethics, with an imperative for accelerated technological improvement of the human body. Transhumanistic approaches include (amongst others) nanotechnology and the introduction of nano-sized tools, through which matter can be controlled on a cellular level. The topic of transhumanism in theological debate has thus far scarcely been addressed; however, particular aspects of transhumanistic visions have been discussed. Some contemporary theological standpoints, predominantly of Catholic origin, insulate themselves from engaging in constructive discussion of transhumanism, in which ‘heretic’s hats’ are distributed and invasive body modifications are considered a reprise of classical heresies. When considered from a comparative perspective, however, though theology need not immediately welcome each and every invasive body modification with open arms, it also need not outright reject them. The hope for progress encourages a connection between theology and transhumanism, and even significant technological modifications could contribute to a non-eschatological future of improving the human form.

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01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Systematic Theology [discontinued] > Ethics [discontinued]

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Wirth, Mathias


200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology




de Gruyter




Mathias Wirth

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12 Nov 2018 09:53

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