The technologisation of grace and theology: meta-theological insights from transhumanism

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Abstract

This article examines some of the recent theological critiques of the movement of technological human enhancement known as ‘transhumanism’. Drawing on the comparisons between grace and technology often found in the theological discourse on transhumanism, this article argues that the Thomistic distinction between healing grace and elevating grace can not only supplement the theological analysis of transhumanism and its ethical implications, but also help Christian theologians and ethicists become more aware of how the phenomenon of technology may have implicitly shaped the contemporary understanding of ‘grace’ as well as the task of theology as a spiritual and indeed ethical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-495
JournalStudies in Christian Ethics
Volume33
Issue number4
Early online date26 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Grace and nature
  • Technological human enhancement
  • Technology
  • Teleology
  • Transhumanism

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