What is the Transhumanism Church?

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Is the Transhumanism Church a Christian Church?
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Transhumanism (H+ or h+) is the philosophical belief that mankind should evolve beyond his current physical and mental limitations through science and technology. Some crynocists, futurists, and anti-aging gurus are among its activists. Among its adherents is the well-known gay billionaire and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who spoke in support of Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Related to this Transhumanism philosophy and political movements (such as the 2012 Longevity Party) is the Transhumanism Church. Even the Mormons are mixing their false faith with this fanciful science. The Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) is a nonprofit organization that syncretizes Mormonism and Transhumanism. The Transhumanism Church is focused upon how its members can improve themselves, not through a proper understanding of the Holy Scripture, but through science and technology. It is about immortality through science; the end of deathism.

The largest Transhumanism Church (its symbol a fiery phoenix) was founded by Bill Faloon and Saul Kent in Hollywood, FL. It is called the, Church of Perpetual Life. Though this so-called "church" has a congregation, a minister, and numerous other activities, its worship is not centered upon God, but how to defeat pain, suffering, and even death through science and technology. In 2014 the church sent out an invitation to join them in a ritual called the Remembrance of the Resurrectables. This was a ceremony to celebrate those who had decided to have their bodies cryogenically preserved after their death, in hopes that science and technology will continue to evolve and some day allow them to be resurrected.

The church considers the 19th century Russian philosopher and teacher Nikolai Fyodorovish Fyororo (1829-1903), as a prophet. Fyodorov theorized the perfection of humanity, a utopian society, physical immortality, and even the resurrection of the dead, using mere scientific principles.

In brief, the Transhumanism Church appears to ignore the cause of death - namely sin (Rom 5:12-19). Its only savior is science, its god technology, and it ignores the truth that - save a few in Scripture (Enoch in Gen 5:22-24; Elijah in 2 Kings 2:11) - everyone dies (Heb 9:27; Jas 4:13-17). There is only One Person who conquered death for all that believe - the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:55-57; cf. Rom 8:37; Heb 2:14; 1 John 5:4; Rev 12:11; 21:4). There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust at the last day (Acts 24:15; cf. Hos 13:14; Job 14:13-15; Isa 26:19; Dan 12:2, 13; 1 Cor 15:12-48), but it has nothing to do with cryogenic life-extension. As Jesus says, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life" (John 11:25; cf. Col 1:18; 1 Thess 4:14; 1 John 3:2; Rev 1:5). "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha" (1 Cor 16:22).

The Transhumanism Church is a cult and not a Christian church.

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Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (IIIM).