There is a growing movement supporting biotechnology & transhumanism. But what are they? And what stance should Christians take on this?
As technology continues to progress in our society, so do the possibilities it brings. With technology growing exponentially faster on a daily basis, new concepts & ideas are being introduced into the mainstream. One of which being biotechnology. But what is biotechnology exactly?
What is Biotechnology?
A very hot topic of discussion in 2021 is biotechnology. Bio.org defines biotechnology as:
At its simplest, biotechnology is technology based on biology – biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet.
So in essence, biotechnology seeks to improve the human experience by integrating artificial technology with biology. Some of the applications for human biology specifically include disease detection, control & prevention. On paper, this would appear to be a very positive initiative.
And while the benefits are widely discussed, the potential negative consequences are often neglected. The integration of technology with human biology poses many risks and threats which are usually overlooked. One example being vulnerability to biohacks and attacks. And with all of the recent hacks taking place, there is definitely cause for concern.
Additionally, like with many other things in the modern world, technology can be a slippery slope. Once artificial technology is introduced into human biology, what’s next? Is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed? What are the future implications of biotechnology?
Biotechnology and the Transhumanism Implications
As biotechnology advances, the question becomes, “What will the future look like?” Will humanity be recognizable in 2030, 2040, 2050? What happens when we open the Pandora’s Box of biotech?
The inevitable outcome is a fundamental change to humanity. Up until this point, humans have been carbon-based, organic life forms. After biotechnology, the human becomes something different. Something other than just a human. A chimera of sorts. A trans human.
This new technology opens the door to transhumanity, or transhumanism. But what is transhumanism exactly? And how does it apply to the Biblical or Christian worldview? Transhumanism is defined by Max More as:
Transhumanism is a class of philosophies of life that seek the continuation and acceleration of the evolution of intelligent life beyond its currently human form and human limitations by means of science and technology, guided by life-promoting principles and values.
Additionally, whatistranshumanism.org asserts that “Transhumanism can be viewed as an extension of humanism, from which it is partially derived“. In a previous article, we discuss what humanism is and it’s negative ramifications on the Christian worldview. Humanity+ expounds on Max More’s definition of transhumanism by adding:
The intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally improving the human condition through applied reason, especially by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.
The key takeaway from the definition above being “developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities“. So transhumanism endeavors to “eliminate aging” and “enhance human intellectual, physical and psychological capacities”. This is eerily reminiscent of the lie told to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Conclusion: Transhumanism, the Ancient Lie
The serpent (aka Satan, the Devil, Lucifer) in the Garden of Eden promises Adam and Eve knowledge and immortality in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3. After Eve tells the serpent that God forbade them from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he deceivingly states:
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
As we can see, the serpent’s ancient lie from the Garden of Eden permeates through to our modern era. Transhumanism seeks to help humanity evolve through the means of man-made technology. It promises that “our eyes shall be opened” with enhanced knowledge and intelligence. It aims to eliminate aging so that we “shall not surely die“, and will “be as gods“.
Satan will use any means necessary to deceive humanity. While his methods may change, is goals remain the same. As technology progresses, it becomes another tool to achieve the plans he’s had ever since he was banished from heaven.