THEOLOGY: Extropianism and Theology (was Re: The big and the small...)

Jason Spencer (
Mon, 1 Mar 1999 23:21:31 -0700 (MST)

On Mon, 1 Mar 1999 wrote:

> In a message dated 3/1/99 6:08:34 PM, you wrote:
> << While creating a more 'spiritual' means of communicating and
> > understanding transhumanism and extropy is laudable, referring to future
> > transhumans as 'gods' is, in my mind, more of a hindrance than a help,
> > specifically because of all of the emotional and memetic baggage that the
> word
> > already posesses.>>
> Thanks for your sincere thoughts, Mike. However, the target for my theology
> is not extropians, but everyone else, so the name God will do just fine, thank
> you. I do , however, believe strongly in Libertarian and Extropian
> philosophies and want to test it in this forum.

Do you mean to imply that non-transhumanists do not have this emotional and memetic baggage?

While some of us may have adverse reactions to the use of "God" in this context, most of us can understand your intention. I fear that some members of the "general public" may not think to or care to make such a distinction.

I trust that it is not your intention to be decietful, but you may be inadvertantly heading in that direction. I suspect that you would feel that not using "God" would remove force from your argument, but perhaps that is exactly what it needs.

Jason Spencer