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Machines for Making Gods: Mormonism, Transhumanism, and Worlds without End

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Machines for Making Gods: Mormonism, Transhumanism, and Worlds without End

Jon Bialecki, "Machines for Making Gods: Mormonism, Transhumanism, and Worlds without End"
English | ISBN: 082329935X | 2022 | 368 pages | PDF | 11 MB

The Mormon faith may seem so different from aspirations to transcend the human through technological means that it is hard to imagine how these two concerns could even exist alongside one another, let alone serve together as the joint impetus for a social movement. Machines for Making Gods investigates the tensions between science and religion through which an imaginative group of young Mormons and ex-Mormons have found new ways of understanding the world.

The Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) believes that God intended humanity to achieve Mormonism’s promise of theosis through imminent technological advances. Drawing on a nineteenth-century Mormon tradition of religious speculation to reimagine Mormon eschatological hopes as near-future technological possibilities, they envision such current and possible advances as cryonic preservation, computer simulation, and quantum archeology as paving the way for the resurrection of the dead, the creation of worlds without end, and promise of undergoing theosis―of becoming a god. Addressing the role of speculation in the anthropology of religion,



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