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By Michael S. Burdett

The quick development of expertise has ended in an explosion of speculative theories approximately what the way forward for humankind may perhaps appear like. those "technological futurisms" have arisen from major advances within the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology and data expertise and are drawing transforming into scrutiny from the philosophical and theological groups. this article seeks to contextualize the transforming into literature at the cultural, philosophical and non secular implications of technological progress through contemplating technological futurisms akin to transhumanism within the context of the lengthy historic culture of technological dreaming. Michael Burdett strains the latent non secular assets of our modern technological mind's eye by way of visionary ways to know-how and the long run in seminal technological utopias and technology fiction and attracts on previous theological responses to the technological destiny with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Jacques Ellul. Burdett’s argument arrives at a modern Christian reaction to transhumanism dependent round the issues of danger and promise via turning to the works of Richard Kearney, Eberhard Jüngel and Jürgen Moltmann. all through, the writer highlights issues of correspondence and divergence among technological futurisms and the Judeo-Christian knowing of the future.

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3 N. F. Fedorov and Russian Technological Utopianism N. F. Fedorov (1827–1903) had many notable admirers of his work during his own lifetime and exerted a profound influence on Russian intellectual life and beyond despite his relative obscurity today. Because of this some brief biographical details are warranted upfront. Dostoyevsky was a great enthusiast of Fedorov and, in reference to him, wrote to N. P. Peterson, ‘First, a question: who is the thinker whose ideas you have transmitted? If you can, please let me know his real name.

1. Technology—Religious aspects—Christianity. 2. Technology and civilization—Forecasting. 3. Future, The. 4. Eschatology. I. Title. 1 Frontispiece to Instauratio Magna. 2 ‘American Progress’, John Gast, c. 1872. 3 Drawing of Chambless’s Roadtown (1910). Acknowledgements Any work of scholarship is a product of the thoughtful and generous attention of many. This work is no exception. Many institutions helped to contribute significant resources towards the completion of this text. Regents Park College, Oxford and the Centre for Christianity and Culture provided a stimulating environment that helped nurture this book in its infancy and contributed substantial bursaries whilst completing it.

This utopian vision for science and technology then becomes ubiquitous during the 19th and early 20th centuries and owes much of its foundation to Bacon. Indeed this utopian sentiment is visible in our next figure considered, N. F. Fedorov. It is to Russia in the 19th century that we now turn. 3 N. F. Fedorov and Russian Technological Utopianism N. F. Fedorov (1827–1903) had many notable admirers of his work during his own lifetime and exerted a profound influence on Russian intellectual life and beyond despite his relative obscurity today.

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