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E M B R AC I N G H U M A N I T Y
IN A POSTHUMAN SOCIETY

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HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY CHANGE US?

We’re constantly invited to think about


the future of technology as a progressive
improvement of tools: our gadgets will
continue to evolve, but we humans will stay
basically the same. The truth is that radical
technological change has the power to
radically shape humans as well. We must be
well informed and thoughtful about the steps
we’re already taking toward a transhuman or
even posthuman future.

Biblical ethicist Jacob Shatzer guides us into


careful consideration of the future of Christian
discipleship in a disruptive technological
environment. Exploring topics such as artificial
intelligence, robotics, medical technology,
and communications tools, Shatzer explains
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Theology and Missions at Union University. He is an ordained Southern
Baptist minister and the author of A Spreading and Abiding Hope, editor of a
volume of essays by A. J. Conyers, and assistant editor for Ethics and Medicine.

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“Jacob Shatzer—a new and refreshing voice in the conversation—provides cogent analyses
of the transhumanist impulse and important practical strategies for preserving our humanity
against the so-called technological imperative. Nothing less than our very humanity is at stake.”
—C . B E N M I T C H E L L
Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University

“Jacob Shatzer’s book is a superb guide for the “The adage that ‘we shape our tools, and thereafter
Christian disciple who seeks to be faithful to Christ in our tools shape us’ takes on a new meaning with
a technology-dominant society. It is engagingly writ- transhumanism. In this timely book, Shatzer explores
ten, highly accessible, wide-ranging in its scope, and how the liturgies of certain technologies can nudge us
immensely practical in its application. I am pleased unwittingly toward a transhuman future and recom-
to recommend this thoughtful, important—indeed, mends practices that remind us what it truly means to
essential—work.” be human.”
—Paul Copan, Palm Beach Atlantic University, —Derek C. Schuurman, Calvin College,
coauthor of Introduction to Biblical Ethics author of Shaping a Digital World

A LOOK INSIDE
1. Technology and Moral Formation 6. What Is Real? Changing Notions of
Experience
2. What Is Transhumanism?
7. Where Is Real? Changing Notions of Place
3. My Body, My Choice: Morphological
Freedom 8. Who Is Real? Changing Notions
of Relationships
4. The Hybronaut: Understanding
Augmented Reality 9. Am I Real? Changing Notions of the Self
5. Meeting Your (Mind) Clone: Artificial 10. Conclusion: The Table
Intelligence and Mind Uploading

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DIVE INTOHOLY
MAPPING A LITERARY
GROUNDTHEOLOGY

Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Marilynne


Robinson is one of the most eminent public
intellectuals in America today. In addition
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(Gilead, Home, and Lila) and her collections
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Professor of Christian professor of theology at Wheaton
Thought at Wheaton College College. He is the author of
and the author of George Theology as Discipleship and Karl Barth
MacDonald in the Age of Miracles and the Analogia Entis.
and John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life.

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“A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the conversations and currents
happening at the deepest levels between the church and culture today.”
—M I C H A E L B R U N E R
author of A Subversive Gospel

“Marilynne Robinson’s work is saturated in theology “Marilynne Robinson is perhaps the most vital of
—not only in that it is pervaded by engagement living American novelists. This collection contains
with Christian belief in general but in that it is essay after thoughtful essay exploring various facets
shaped by years of deep engagement with the texts of her complex and beautiful body of work. After
of the Protestant (especially Calvinist) tradition. We reading them you feel that you have watched the
have waited a long time for a collection like this. It is assembling of a delightful portrait of this most theo-
certain to be a rich source of interest and delight.” logically resonant of our writers.”

—Jeremy Begbie, Duke University —Alan Jacobs, Baylor University

“The religious themes and insights in Marilynne


CONTRIBUTORS
Robinson’s novels and essays—especially her
striking fondness for Calvin—have won her a • Timothy Larsen
• Han-luen Kantzer Komline
devoted Christian following. . . . In this volume, an
• Timothy George
impressive range of thinkers opens up a conversa- • Keith L. Johnson
tion with the novelist about the Christian life, the • Lauren F. Winner
Reformed tradition, and the American experience.” • Patricia Andujo
• Tiffany Eberle Kriner
—David Heim, executive editor, Christian Century • Joel Sheesley
• Rowan Williams
• Marilynne Robinson
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THE GIFT OF WONDER


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“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;


I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
—Isaiah 43:1

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with worry. But we and again Scripture explores the complex women tackle the issues
are called to live with teaches, “Do not be issues surrounding life throws their way.
joy and contentment, afraid.” But when hard depression. He sorts At the heart of their
trusting God with the times hit, it’s often hard through scientific struggle, she believes,
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Former Christianity Today you. In these ten weeks of mon misunderstandings, perfect, but the desire to
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