August 22, 2019

As part of the St. John’s Timeline project, Michael Burdett gives a lecture on the role of Jacques Ellul and Martin Heidegger in the genealogy of Western theological reflection about technology. The full lecture can be heard with a full subscription to the St Johns College Timeline: Read more

March 1, 2019

In December of 2018, several scholars met at Oxford to discuss what it means to “be a person.” The conference featured international perspectives from five participants all of whom reflected on contemporary discourses and technological advancements that have destabilized traditional definitions of human being, human dignity, and personhood. Drawing from a range of modern, premodern, and more recent thinking on the subject, the scholars in question formed theological and philosophical arguments for an historically aware and thus integrated and complex notion of the human person in this age of rapid scientific and technological change. See the descriptions and videos below for their takes on “being human-being a person.” Read more

December 11, 2018

Clark Elliston explores the role of “play” in human life. He reflects on the nature of both sports and play with kids to contrast the all-encompasing nature of work enabled by technology. Read more

November 16, 2018

Project Director Jens Zimmermann reflects on the recent year and looks toward the future of the Christian Flourishing project. The purpose of the first year was to define an underlying theory of the human person. With this in mind, Zimmermann codifies the various insights from our several scholars into a coherent summary of the first year, before moving on to the project’s vision for 2018. Read more

November 1, 2018

Delivered recently at Durham to the scholars of the Christian Flourishing project, in this lecture Dr. Bishop explores how technological innovation shapes human perception of time, life, death, and meaning. In the “technological imaginary,” of which modern medicine is constituent, ageing and death seemingly may be infinitely deferred, and it is this innovating deferral that shapes the contemporary social imaginary around ageing and death in modern medicine. Read more

October 29, 2018

David Lewin asks if the domains of theology, technology, and education mutually illuminating or do they obscure one another on the question of the relations between present and future? And are we really going to spend the rest of our lives there, rather than here, now?” Read more

September 21, 2018

This post traces the history of human nature and then relates this nature to the concept of “mind uploading.” Doede asks: “How did we get to the point where we can realistically entertain the notion of engineering the uploading of human identities onto inorganic digital platforms, especially given the prevailing evolutionary and physicalist ideological climate characteristic of contemporary western thought?” He argues that mind uploading is not our common destiny, and not even a coherent concept. Read more

September 7, 2018

Michael Mawson asks “How should Christians understand and respond to recent technologies aiming to radically extend the human lifespan?” Responding through the work of Barth and Bonhoeffer, Mawson explores the key category of finitude for theological anthropology. Read more

August 9, 2018

Celia Deane-Drummond introduces theologians to “extended evolutionary synthesis,” a concept known to some evolutionary theorists. She examines how this theory differs from other evolutionary theories, and opens some questions for the conversation between theology and science. Read more

August 9, 2018

This post by Thomas Fuchs argues that the human mind must be understood through an irrevocable connection to the body. “Mind” could therefore never truly be replaced by “a computer algorithm, however sophisticated it might be.” Read more

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