The Christian Tranhumanist Association speaks a lot about redemption.
For example, the CTA’s Executive Director Micah Redding quotes his Founding Chair, Christopher Benek, as saying:
“I don’t see Christ’s redemption limited to human beings. It’s redemption to all of creation, even AI. If AI is autonomous, then we should encourage it to participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes in the world… AI can help spread the word of God. In fact, AI might help us understand God better.”
Likewise, the CTA’s stated Purpose is:
Participating with God in the redemption, reconciliation, and renewal of the world.
The problem is that the CTA largely affirms long ages of microbes-to-man evolution. If you’ve ever been.in a public high school science class, you know that the meaning of evolution is that death, mutation and suffering are as old as life. Man evolved from ape-like creatures but the world we live in has pretty much always been the way it is.
So where does redemption, reconciliation and renewal come into the picture?
That is found in Genesis and other Bible passages that refer back to the origins account of special creation that the Christian Transhumanist Association largely rejects and whose leadership does not even want discussed as a legitimate history of our origins.
In the Bible, redemption refers to deliverance from sin. The Bible says that the whole cosmos travails for rebirth because the originally “very good” creation was cursed for Adam’s sin [Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 8:19-22].
It is because of the literal, physical effects of the Fall on creation that this universe needs redemption. It was once perfect or “very good.” It is prophecied that a new heavens and earth will be a restoration of what we lost. Christian Transhumanists claim to be working toward that future, yet many of them fail to comprehend that the very reason the universe requires redemption is because of the literal, historical events of the first several chapters of Genesis… chapters they dismiss in favor of an evolutionary history that requires no redemption because this is ostensibly the way that things have always been. The meaning of evolution is that there was no Paradise Lost to be reclaimed!
This is why the secular evolutionist speaks of transcending evolution rather than redemption, renewal or reconciliation. These are foreign ideas to the theory of evolution, which claims no original state to which we should strive to be renewed to. It is only within the Biblical worldview that these concepts become applicable to the world.
If our purpose is “to participate with God in the redemption, reconciliation and renewal of the world,” Christian Transhumanists should recognize that the foundational basis of those concepts is found in a literal, historical Genesis.