Humanism is “our most sympathetic understanding and treatment of human nature.”
TRANShumanism is “the drive to fundamentally revolutionise what it means to be human by way of technological advancements.”
For those of you who are new to the term, Dr. Joel Oesch, on his blog Fishing for Leviathan, defines it this way, “Transhumanism has nothing to do with your race or gender identity, at least not directly. Rather, the term reflects the human desire to transcend its current condition both individually and socially, most notably to rise above the limitations of our physical selves. Transhumanism is a movement of people committed to using technology to further the human race in profound ways. In most iterations, Transhumanism is viewed as the next great step of human evolution. Homo sapiens has evolved into a wholly new species, Homo technicus.”
Dr. Joel Oesch is a keen observer of humanity's ideals of controlling the digital technologies of this age. His interests include hunting, fishing, all manners of sports and late-night gaming. If he was not a theologian, he says he would try to make a living as a designer for custom bamboo fly-rods. As he imagines it, Jerry Jones would buy them, and in gratitude, he’d give Dr. Oesch lifetime box seats at the Death Star. Snap back to reality, Dr. Oesch is a theologian and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of Graduate Studies in Theology, and Executive Director for the Crosswise Institute at Concordia University, Irvine. In 2015, Dr. Oesch completed his doctoral thesis on embodied theology, community, and online social networks and received the degree of PhD in Theology from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
Pastor Travis is a church planter in Allen TX where he helped launch Tangible Grace in the fall of 2010. Prior to that, Travis was a DCE and focused on the discipleship of families and students. He is speaks around the country weaving the truth of Jesus with humor and anecdotes from his own life. He has been married to Tara for over 18 years and together they have 4 kids.
Zoltan Istvan is often considered one of the world’s leading transhumanists after his popular run in the 2016 US Presidential race as a science and technology candidate. Zoltan is the bestselling author of The Transhumanist Wager, a leading technology journalist, creater of the Immortality Bus, a successful entrepreneur, and a former filmmaker for the National Geographic Channel. His futurist work has reached over 100 million people. He is a graduate of Columbia University, and lives in San Francisco with his physician wife and two young daughters.
Korey D. Maas is Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College. Educated at Concordia University (Chicago), Concordia Seminary (St. Louis), and the University of Oxford, he has also taught theology and church history at Concordia Irvine, Oxford University, and Westfield House (Cambridge). In addition to publications in the fields of Reformation history and theology, he has also published on Christian apologetics, natural theology, and natural law. He lives with his wife Kate and their five children in Hillsdale, Michigan.
Jesse Rice is a writer and speaker, and the author of The Church of Facebook: How The Hyperconnected Are Redefining Community. He is a former Worship Arts director who designed and led more than 2000 worship gatherings for young adults and families in Silicon Valley. He has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and has a passion for helping people find their best-fit career. Jesse and his songwriter wife, Katie, have two little boys, and live in the Seattle area.
Feb 28, 2016 - 5 minute read
Super-longevity scares the hell out of me. The question is why.
It’s coming people, and it’s coming in your lifetime.
If you’re happy and you know it…you’re a Transhumanist (clap, clap)
The short answer is simple. Crosswise is a place where your son or daughter can practice wisdom. Crosswise will model what it means to be in dialogue: we explore how to think deeply, how to engage topics biblically, and how to serve God with our mind. It is our job to provide a rich variety of opportunities to have these important conversations over a six-day span. The topics we talk about aren’t going to have easy answers. In fact, we expect that many of the participants will come to differing conclusions on the presented material.
In case that’s not enough, there’s more:
Details about our Summer Experience and what to expect during your six-day stay at Concordia University Irvine.
Crosswise is strategically located at the Concordia University Campus in Irvine, California.
Concordia’s hilltop setting is located fifty miles south of Los Angeles, eighty miles north of San Diego, and six miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful campus is sits atop a spectacular plateau overlooking Orange County.
And because it’s a university campus, all 70 acres of it is designed for students. Modern dorms, gated grounds, convenient food services, athletic fields, a student union, and fabulous meeting spaces. Easy to find, and quick to get to, the private college campus is an ideal setting for engaging the minds of high-schoolers as they come together from diverse locations and backgrounds to give voice to their ideas.
At Crosswise, local church workers and Concordia students will serve as facilitators, supervisors, and guides during our time together.
Each day will include various options students can enjoy during their free time.
Each day we will have a group activity. We are planning supervised outings to nearby places of interest such as a beach trips, a Major League Baseball game, a Movie Night, and more.
At Crosswise, we want to pivot the “me” culture to a “we” culture where students form and shape life-giving community. Through partnerships with local organizations, students will be given safe, supervised opportunities to serve others in immediate and tangible ways.
The themes we explore at Crosswise are always considered through the lens of Scripture. Here, we will cultivate an attitude of worship each day as we exalt our Creator God and refocus our minds on Him.
Turn on the Dialogue
Investigate three dominant areas of transhumanism: super longevity, super intelligence and super wellbeing.