By Brent Waters

Expertise is without doubt one of the dominant forces shaping the rising postmodern international. certainly the very cloth of lifestyle depends upon a number of info, verbal exchange, and transportation applied sciences. With expected advances in biotechnology, synthetic intelligence, and robotics, that dependence increases. but this transforming into dependence is observed with a deep ambivalence. for lots of, know-how symbolises the religion of the postmodern international, however it is an ambivalent religion encapsulating either our hopes and fears for the long run. This publication examines the spiritual foundations underlying this stricken religion in know-how, in addition to severely and constructively attractive specific technological advancements from a theological viewpoint.

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93–4. Although the text consulted is the twelfth edition published in 1882, the first edition was published in 1850, one year after Bushnell’s God in Christ. The following discussion on the Enlightenment draws heavily on the works of Peter Gay as noted in the bibliography. Plato and Aristotle are largely absent from their canons. See Gay, 1966, pp. 31–203 regarding the influence of pagan sources in the Enlightenment. The following discussion on the aftermath of the Newtonian revolution in respect to failed theological defenses of providence and subsequent appeals to a religion of the heart is indebted to the work of James Turner as noted in the bibliography.

Rather, elaborate attempts are undertaken to treat them as if they have certain interests (and in some cases rights) that should be respected. Yet any attempt to discern how a particular fetus, anencephalic infant or patient in a persistent vegetative state might want to be treated is an imaginative exercise. Moreover, it is an exercise conducted within differing social and political contexts, accounting for the wide range of moral practices and laws within various liberal regimes governing such issues as abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.

A constant flow of novel experience is thereby required to form, interpret and project an evolving identity; otherwise it recedes back into a formless void. Consequently, the postmodern self is premised on two requisite qualities. First, there must be a sufficient means for obtaining experiential input. This is achieved through the various senses. Hence postmoderns are sensually embodied. Second, there must also be a sufficient means for interpreting, expressing and assigning value to experiential inputs.

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