Mormonism Mandates Transhumanism

In Tracy Trothen & Calvin Mercer (eds.), Religion and Human Enhancement (2017)

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Mormonism mandates Transhumanism based on four premises that reflect the Mormon authoritative tradition. First, God commands us to use ordained means to participate in God's work. Second, science and technology are among the means ordained of God. Third, God's work is to help each other attain Godhood. And fourth, an essential attribute of Godhood is a glorified immortal body. Thus, God commands us to use science and technology to help each other attain a glorified immortal body, which qualifies as Transhumanism. This mandate is consistent with Mormon accounts of the Tower of Babel, as well as with Mormon positions that impinge on assessment of technologies commonly advocated by Transhumanists, such as cryonics and mind uploading.
Keywords Mormon  Transhumanist  Theology  Technology  Religion  Science  Theosis  Cryonics  Mind Uploading  Brain Emulation
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