Terryl Givens discusses theosis on Changesurfer Radio

Dr J Hughes chats with Terryl Givens, professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and a scholar of Mormon theology. They discuss the doctrine of theosis, the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and the Mormon church's position on women, homosexuality and race.

Says Dr Givens, "For Joseph Smith, to become God meant to be infinitely full of empathy and therefore infinitely vulnerable and infinitely susceptible to the pain that all relationships entail. So as long as that exists as a kind of counterweight to the technological dimensions of human advancement and progress then I think Mormonism can be comfortable with many of these Transhumanist notions."

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