Hopeful sense of wonder, wonderful sense of hope

18 March 2019
I have been criticized for promoting a sense of hope in afterlife, inspired by science, and/or in technological resurrection based on far future science [*]. According to some critics, hope in afterlife would make people less anxious to do what they can to combat aging and death, and less likely to embrace cryonics.This sounds to me like a desperate reaction of “tabloid transhumanism” — w ... (More)

The radical, daring and vital optimism of Christian Transhumanism

15 March 2019
Time Magazine has a great opinion piece by Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, titled “The Most Radical and Rebellious Choice You Can Make Is to Be Optimistic.”Del Toro says what I often try to say. Only, he says it better:“Optimism is our instinct to inhale while suffocating. Our need to declare what ‘needs to be’ in the face of what is.”Del Toro notes that, in today’s lame ... (More)

The Kingdom of God has a biotechnological research agenda

13 March 2019
The Kingdom of God has a biotechnological research agenda. We must cultivate all life, starting from the bottom up. We must learn how life works, how evolution unfolds, how ecosystems function—and we must learn to bless and uplift those processes into glorious flourishing. This is the creative process that God models for us in Genesis 1—and then immediately calls us into. This is what causes Pa ... (More)

Code Name Jesus: From impersonal Logos to your personal God

07 March 2019
A new edition of Mani Bhaumik’s “Code Name God: The Spiritual Odyssey of a Man of Science” has been published by Penguin in 2018. I had a previous paper edition, but I purchased the new Kindle edition because this book must be in all my bookshelves. It is that good.The new edition includes a foreword by Walter Thirring and a new preface, in which Bhaumik gives a compact and insightful overvi ... (More)

Christian transhumanism can streamline and boost Christianity

04 March 2019
Former Bittorrent Inc. executive Simon Morris outlines some important lessons from Bittorrent for developers of disruptive technologies. I think these lessons have more general applicability.Disruption can “unleash mobs” and threaten the incumbents, but winning the post-disruption race is a very different thing. Morris’ grim conclusion is that, at the end of the day, disruption is partly reab ... (More)

More thoughts on afterlives in other Everett worlds

28 February 2019
After reading and reviewing Gregory Benford’s awesome “Rewrite: Loops in the Timescape” I have been thinking more on possible afterlives in other Everett worlds.Related:Rewrite, by Gregory Benford: Your afterlives in other Everett worldsScientific concepts of afterlife sketched in ‘The Discovery’I have also been reading “Replay,” by Ken Grimwood, a precursor of Benford’s novel, to ... (More)

Farewell, Rational Faiths

25 February 2019
It’s bittersweet to share that this will be my last Rational Faiths blog post. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Rational Faiths team the last two and half years. It has been a very enlightening journey. I also want to express my gratitude to Leah Marie for inviting me to blog, and to the Barker brothers for taking a chance on me.While it’s sad to say good-bye, I’m very e ... (More)

The Mother Made Me Queer

24 February 2019
You searched for me, year after year.Search no longer, the veil is sheer.You are not alone. The Mother is here.Take my hand, and let go of your fear. Dry your eyes. Not one more tear.Lay down your sorrow. It’s okay to be queer. Join your sisters and be of good cheer.Time to take off your protective veneer.Don’t be afraid to pull them near.I whispered your secret in their ear, and ... (More)

Reading Tales of the Turing Church in the lights of Eastern science and spirituality

23 February 2019
Chapter 5 of “Tales of the Turing Church,” authored by Giulio Prisco, is titled “The lights of Eastern spirituality.” The 339 page book is available for readers on Amazon (Kindle and paperback editions).Prisco’s intention is evident in the transcript of his talk published in the December 2018 issue of the bulletin of Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata.The idea that “throu ... (More)

Blinded by bad rationality and forced atheism

19 February 2019
The idea of technological resurrection (future science and technology could be able to bring the dead back) is often attacked by both believers (because it sounds too much like atheist science) and science-minded atheists (because it sounds too much like faith).A Facebook discussion started by Lincoln Cannon, who shared my last post, shows the passionate hostility of some science-minded atheists t ... (More)
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