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Incarnation, Posthumanism and Performative Anthropology: The Body of Technology and the Body of Christ

Burdett, Michael S.

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This essay argues that a Christian incarnational response to posthumanism must recognize that what is at stake isn't just whether belief systems align. It seeks to relocate the interaction between the church and posthumanism to how the practices of posthumanism and Christianity perform the bodies, affections and dispositions of each. Posthuman practices seeks to habituate: (1) A preference for informational patterns over material instantiation; (2) that consciousness and the self are extended and displaced rather than discrete and localized; (3) that the body is merely a tool, the original prosthesis we learn to manipulate and (4) that human life is organized such that it is seamless with intelligent machines. The Christian performance of embodied life, on the other hand, has Christ as template and, in the Eucharist, Christians are marked by offering, sacrifice and celebration in a community that affirms the integrity of our common incarnate life.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 20, 2021
Online Publication Date Jul 14, 2021
Publication Date 2022-12
Deposit Date May 27, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jan 15, 2023
Journal Christian Bioethics
Print ISSN 1380-3603
Electronic ISSN 1744-4195
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 3
Pages 207-216
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/cb/cbab009
Keywords Philosophy; Religious studies; Medicine (miscellaneous)
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/5574679
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/cb/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cb/cbab009/6320877

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