Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Death and Glory in Techno-scientific Societies

What role ought reflection on death to play in any vision of life and indeed the glorified life? My current research proposes to answer this question by engaging the Christian tradition with transhumanism and humanism more broadly.

My argument throughout this project is that only when the vision of eternal life is tempered through the crucible of death can it truly be called glorified. In this way, much of my approach in this project is that both the humanist and Christian traditions have much to offer in correcting the creeping ideology of transhumanism into our present techno-scientific society. Denying the universality of death and obsessively avoiding death's imminence is highly dangerous and detracts from true human flourishing. In essence, I argue for the continued relevance of Christianity in developing contemporary accounts of anthropology and flourishing in the face of popular ideologies.

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Read more about the project at "Human Flourishing in a Technological World" webpage



Who's involved

Michael Burdett


Department of Theology and Religious Studies

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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