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Humans 2.0 – A Serious Conversation About Science and Humanity

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Daniel McCoy

Daniel is happily married to Susanna, and they have 3 daughters and 2 sons. He has his bachelor’s in theology (Ozark Christian College), his master of arts in apologetics (Veritas International University), and his PhD in theology (North-West University, South Africa). His master’s thesis was on apologetics to atheists, and his doctoral dissertation was on apologetics to Buddhists. In 2014, he co-authored The Atheist’s Fatal Flaw with Norman Geisler. Daniel works as editorial director for the Renew Network. His passion is to help people understand that they can totally trust Jesus. He plays guitar and piano and occasionally enjoys writing songs.

Man melding with machine. Anti-aging technology. Brain-computer interface. Gene-edited “designer” babies.

Some scientific advances go beyond helping humanity overcome obstacles. They actually begin to help humanity overcome, well . . . humanity! Hence, a new term has entered our cultural vocabulary: transhumanism. Technology threatens to literally leave humanity in the dust.

How should Christians respond to these emerging technologies? What’s so special about humanity, anyway? Shouldn’t religion stay out of science? Should we feel threatened by these technologies, or is it possible that they present an opportunity for the gospel?

Enter Dr. Fazale Rana. I recently got to have a conversation with Dr. “Fuz”, a biochemist who has extensively researched these technologies. And guess what? He has solid answers to my questions. When I saw that he and his colleague at Reasons to Believe, Kenneth Samples, were writing a book on Transhumanism (called Humans 2.0), I just knew that a conversation would be helpful and fascinating. I wasn’t disappointed.

In the conversation, Dr. Fuz shared a lot of wisdom. What I personally found the most helpful was his answer to the following question: How does a Christian respond to scientific advancements without being overly critical and curmudgeonly (think the Muppets’ Waldorf and Statler), but also without naïvely just accepting anything that comes along? His answer was incredibly helpful (Hint: It has something to do with the imago dei).