Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Offsite Post: ‘From Transgenderism to Transhumanism’


The insanity of transgenderism continues unabated in some places.  The University of Washington is one such place (thanks to Moon Griffon for mentioning this on his radio show):

A transgender volleyball player and high school junior from California verbally committed to play for the University of Washington, which could make him the first known male recipient of a women’s Division 1 athletic scholarship.


If the university signs athlete Tate Drageset’s offer next fall, he will take one of 12 National Collegiate Athletic Association DI volleyball scholarships available for women at the school, Reduxx reported Wednesday.

It is hoped that parents, courts, laws, rules, the NCAA, etc., will reign in this kind of madness, but if folks do succeed in banning transgender men from women’s sports (and we hope they do), we have dealt only with a symptom and not with its underlying cause.  That would be the theory of evolution, which posits a universe devoid of a holy, all-powerful Creator, that is constantly in flux, in which there are no fixed forms:  One thing may ‘evolve’ at any moment, or over a long period of time (thousands or millions of years), into another – a fish into a bird, a worm into a snake, etc.  This being the case, it is perfectly consistent with that belief system to hold that a man may become a woman and vice versa.

But this is the opposite of reality.  In the real world, God created the universe and all that is in it in fairly quick succession (there are no hard numbers here, but a young cosmos of several thousand years in age is the usual estimate).  And the living things that God created do not shift and change; their forms and natures are fixed for all time.  The Holy Fathers of the Church, in their commentaries on the book of Genesis, make it clear that altering the nature of any species is forbidden:

What pure and untarnished generations follow without intermingling one after another, so that a thymallus produces a thymallus; a sea-wolf, a sea-wolf.  The sea-scorpion, too, preserves unstained its marriage bed….  Fish know nothing of union with alien species.  They do not have unnatural betrothals such as are designedly brought about between animals of two different species as, for instance, the donkey and the mare, or again the female donkey and the horse, both being examples of unnatural union.  Certainly there are cases in which nature suffers more in the nature of defilement rather than that of injury to the individual.  Man as an abettor of hybrid barrenness is responsible for this.  He considers a mongrel animal more valuable than one of a genuine species.  You mix together alien species and you mingle diverse seeds.


--St. Ambrose of Milan (+397), Hexaemeron, quoted in Fr. Seraphim Rose, Genesis, Creation, and Early Man: The Orthodox Christian Vision, 2nd edn., Hieromonk Damascene, ed., Platina, Cal., St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2011, p. 185.

St Basil the Great (+379) adds to that,

The nature of existing objects, set in motion by one command, passes through creation without change….  …it continues to preserve each of the animals by uninterrupted successions until the consummation of the universe.  No length of time causes the specific characteristics of the animals to be corrupted or effaced, but, as if established just recently, nature, ever fresh, moves along with time.


 . . . from seeds spring forth plants related to the seeds sown.  Thus, what was put forth by the earth in its first generation has been preserved until the present time, since the kinds persisted through constant reproduction.


--Hexaemeron, quoted in Fr. Seraphim, pgs. 182-3.

There will of course be changes within a species, but one species was never meant to become another, or to be mingled with another, or to change from one sex to dozens of others.  But while those things are certainly dangerous on their own (see, for instance, the dangers associated with genetic tampering of crops and animals here), The Powers That Be wish to employ them in an even more sinister way, as propaganda tools to soften our resistance to the idea of genetic (and other) changes to humanity itself in order to create a higher form of humanity, an improved human.

This is an ideology known as transhumanism; a Christian priest, Fr. Vitaliy, will walk us through the various facets of this new techno-religion.  His essay begins with a short overview, and at its root, as with transgenderism, is evolution:

What is transhumanism? This is an ideology that is becoming dominant in the United States and most other developed countries in the West.


Transhumanism is a set of various doctrines that set as their main goal the achievement of earthly immortality, the creation of a superman.


Transhumanism is a natural stage in the development of science, based solely on rationalism. The most important foundation of transhumanism is the theory of evolution. Transhumanists believe that human evolution is not complete, and that it will continue on. Moreover, with the help of the tools offered by science, transhumanists consider it possible to completely overcome humanity itself.

These ‘enlightened’ men and women, using the tools of science, will now direct their own evolution into superhumanity.  This will proceed by stages, first by genetic manipulation, then by merging with machines, and then shedding the human body altogether:

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The rest is at https://thehayride.com/2023/12/garlington-from-transgenderism-to-transhumanism/.


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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