[ExI] Christianity: where to now?
kanzure at gmail.com
Sat May 17 22:49:14 UTC 2008
On Saturday 17 May 2008, M1N3R wrote:
> Or what will be the future of religion anyways? I'm interested in
> material on the topic, mainly connected to the Catholic Church. If
> they must change, then how? And how is Christianity compatible with
> most of the future models presented here? I just can't imagine a
Suppose the singularity occurs; what then? There will be a few billion
people that are behind the times. Many of them will suddenly have tools
and technology that they otherwise never had before. So this would mean
that you suddenly have billions of people very intensely interested in
something that they have never seen before, something that offers them
hope [and possibly doom] for themselves, their children, parents and
their villages. What would help ease the transistion, should they want
one? By transition I mean training and education about what's going on
and how to upgrade their shock level. What would help the medicine go
down? A spoonful of sugar?
Anyway, in Zindell's novels as well as in Orion's Arm, there's no
indication that Catholicism or the 'Kristians' [as Zindell calls them]
are made impossible in a post-singularity scenario. But frankly, when
you have a live demonstration right in front of a young kid, who are
they going to believe? Prayer for a cure to a disease, or a machine
that can deliver? Hm.
Breaking up old, crusty social institutions is an interesting topic. How
would you do this without stepping on too many toes? Reform of
institutions isn't exactly something that humans are specialized in.
Especially since most institutions are supposed to last forever (the
U.S. Experiment didn't have a due date).
> posthuman believing in God... Can you?
Yes. It's very easy to imagine that.
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