Ronald Cole-Turner

Recent Blog Posts

Overwhelmingly, people think their biggest changes are behind them. It’s as if their present state is the defining moment, when values and personality traits are fully realized and fixed forever.
It now seems that Neanderthals and modern humans both used stone-tipped spears because both inherited this technology from an earlier form of human life.
The new findings, reported by an international team of researchers led by Curtis Marean, help fill in a more comprehensive picture of the culture that flourished on the coast of South Africa for thousands of years.
A new report on human enhancement and its growing impact on the workplace has just been released by top-level British science and policy groups.

Published Articles

Comparing two views of human transformation: a religious view, specifically Christian, and the view associated with the movement called transhumanism and based in new and emerging technologies.
The debate over the moral status of the human embryo provides a helpful case study that draws our attention to the political, social, and economic contexts in which transdisciplinary scholarly discussions often occur.
We are tiny creatures on a small planet some 10 billion-plus years along the way in what we sometimes call "cosmic evolution." And we want to ask, where it will all lead?

The Rev. Dr. Ronald Cole-Turner is the H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics, a position relating theology and ethics to developments in science and technology, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He edited the collection Transhumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement.

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