To go along with my previous post related to the extension of life, it seems we now have some “new” (a relevant term) religions to take us into the unknowns of the future.
As has been expressed by various polls, society is secularizing — particularly among the young. However, according to this article, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re becoming “less religious.” Many are simply changing where and in what they put their faith.
For some, it is the religion of Gaia in which nature is personalized and the earth is seen as a living, perhaps sentient, organism. For others, it is a drive to promote “nature rights” for “Pachamama,” the Incan earth goddess.
There’s also Transhumanism, which Wikipedia describes as
“an international philosophical movement that advocates for the transformation of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology.”
Actually, Transhumanism seems similar to what some readers suggested in my earlier referenced post related to future humans receiving brain implants to increase intelligence and/or genetic engineering to extend life spans. In fact, it seems all that would be required would be to harness technology, as discussed in this Guardian article:
Imagine that a person’s brain could be scanned in great detail and recreated in a computer simulation. The person’s mind and memories, emotions and personality would be duplicated. In effect, a new and equally valid version of that person would now exist, in a potentially immortal, digital form.
Some individuals feel there’s a drawback to these neo-religions in that they tend to be anti-human. Even so, they offer meaning to their believers — and isn’t that the core element of religion?
It’s been suggested that as religion continues its downward spiral, even more new forms of faith will emerge.
What do you think? Can you see yourself embracing one of these new “theologies?” (After all, they aren’t a part of Christianity. 😎)