Date of Award
Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS)
Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
Dr. Onoriode Ekeh
Transhumanism is a philosophical, political, and social movement that asserts that human well-being will be dramatically improved through the radical integration of new technologies into the human body and/or through the replacement of the organic human body with a synthetic 'body.' Ray Kurzweil, a dynamic, articulate, and leading transhumanist, offers an anthropological understanding that represents the main strand of transhumanist though about the human person: humans are patterns of information that can adjust themselves, and overcoming limitations is the defining human characteristic. This anthropology is implicit in many aspects of Western civilization already: law, medicine, and the military are a few examples of where it currently exists. This anthropology is attractive to modern people because of its promise of self-enhancement, but it is dangerous because it objectifies the human person, especially the body. The Roman Catholic Church's anthropology, as explained in the document Gaudium et spes, offers a more authentic understanding of the human person, and the Church must act now to share its anthropology with both Catholics and non-Catholics in order to better fulfill its mission.
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St.Onge, Joshua, "Shepherding Electric Sheep: A Roman Catholic Response to the Emerging Challenge of Transhumanism" (2015). Master of Arts in Religious Studies (M.A.R.S. Theses). 27.