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Transhumanism + Religion = 42 By Newton Lee - Essay

Updated: Apr 28, 2022


This article was originally published exclusively for Immortalists Magazine's

Issue No. 9 (pg. 40). This is an unedited version.

On October 6, my game design student Jaden scored a victory in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for round 1 of the first game in the NJCAA e-sports tournaments this Fall 2020. It is not just winning that I care about. It is also about sportsmanship and team building among students. In my game design and development classes, I asked all my students why they enjoy playing video games. One student answered, “If it weren’t for video games, I would have killed myself already.”

The spiritual void is staggering among young people today. That is why in my university classroom I not only teach computer science but also discuss Transhumanism and God.

Is God Often Misunderstood?

God is often misunderstood by people—not only by the atheists and the agnostics but also by the religious and the Christians.

The current capability of human cognition makes the comprehension of God a difficult matter, even for a genius like Albert Einstein who wrote in a 1954 letter, “The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses.”

Human weaknesses are indeed the limiting factors, as Jesus told his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)