Mormon doctrinal differences: Transfiguration, Immortality

Romney says:

I don’t know of a doctrinal difference that would suggest a different policy outcome or that would suggest that a President of my faith would lead in a different direction than President Bush, an evangelical Christian.

One very important doctrinal difference that would lead to very different policy is the Mormon prophecy of “Transfiguration”.  In most Christian religions, transfiguration refers to an event that happened to Jesus witnessed by the Apostles where Jesus glowed and God spoke and affirmed Jesus’s divinity.  In Mormonism, it is something that happens to mortals.  “Transfiguration bestows on individuals a temporary condition compatible to that of deity and allows them to see God face-to-face.”

How could this effect policy choices?  Read on…

Apparently this is one of many prophecies specific to Mormonism that line up very well with the entirely secular policy-motivated group of people known as “Transhumanists.”  Transhumanists push for full steam ahead, federally funded genetic engineering.  They disagree with the Catholic church on virtually every issue.

Wikipedia on “Transhumanism“:

Although some transhumanists report a strong sense of secular spirituality, they are for the most part atheists. A minority of transhumanists, however, follow liberal forms of Eastern philosophical traditions such as Buddhism and Yoga or have merged their transhumanist ideas with established Western religions such as liberal Christianity and Mormonism.

And indeed, the “Mormon Transhumanist Association” is the only religious affiliate out of eighteen “affiliates” of the “World Transhumanist Association. The others have names like “Immortality Institute”, and “Institute for Accelerating Change”, and “Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies” which is “A think tank focusing on public policies supporting universal access to safe human enhancement technologies.”

According to the MTA, Mormonism uniquely implies a duty to achieve a prophecy of human “transfiguration”, which they claim (perhaps contrary to what the LDS or Romney may claim) goes hand-in-glove with transhumanism:

Welcome to the online community of the Mormon Transhumanist Association.

We seek the spiritual and physical exaltation of individuals and their anatomies, as well as communities and their environments, according to their wills, desires and laws, to the extent they are not oppressive.

We believe that scientific knowledge and technological power are among the means ordained of God to enable such exaltation, including realization of diverse prophetic visions of transfiguration, immortality, resurrection, renewal of this world, and the discovery and creation of worlds without end.

We feel a duty to use science and technology according to wisdom and inspiration, to identify and prepare for risks and responsibilities associated with future advances, and to persuade others to do likewise.

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