Human Enhancement and Christian Faith

Date(s) - 11/01/2014
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Human Enhancement and Christian Faith
November 1, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas

Technology today offers new ways to enhance human powers and capacities. The technologies that surround us bring us instant knowledge and real-time contact with others far away. Even more interesting are the technologies that are inserted or ingested: brain implants that link the brain to the Internet, pills that sharpen our focus or elevate our mood, or surgical modifications to enhance how good we look or how well we see. This seminar looks at recent advances and predicts where some of these changes are taking us. Our focus, however, is on how human enhancement technology poses new challenges for Christians. We welcome the idea that God is “improving” or “enhancing” us. We also believe that God works through all things, healing us for example through medicine. But we worry that enhancement technology seems to threaten the very thing God is doing in our lives: redeeming and transforming us for a glorious new existence in Christ.

20141101_Ron_Cole-TurnerRonald Cole-Turner, H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Ron Cole-Turner teaches theology and ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is an author and editor of books and articles on human enhancement, including Technology and Transcendence: Christian Faith in an Age of Human Enhancement. Ron is one of the founding members of the International Society for Science and Religion, and he is co-chair of the “Transhumanism and Religion” group at the American Academy of Religion. He is also the author of the widely used hymn text, “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise.” He and his wife, Rebecca, a spiritual director and retreat leader, have two daughters and two grandchildren.