"There are the sacraments of nutrition supplements, the rituals of cryonics, the prophecies of indefinite healthy life extension, the spirits of substrate independent minds, the apocalyptic and messianic postures toward artificial intelligence, the millennial paradisiacal hope of life and abundance beyond present notions of suffering and poverty, and ultimately the pantheon of posthumanity."
I think this perspective is utterly ridiculous and undermines the true meaning (and stupidity) of religion.
Why not come out and say that science is the religious belief in physical evidence, law is the religious moral conviction that rules made by man should be followed, democracy is the religious rite of majority rule, technology is the miraculous hand of God expressed through human ingenuity... Oh yeah, you probably do say these things.
It's too much for me. For your way of thinking, secularism is always
an illusion, and words pertaining to religion are so vaguely defined they don't really mean anything
. Sorry, but I prefer my slightly more black-and-white lexical universe where religion does
mean something well defined (which is stupid and wrong), even if that implies that some of my dearly beloved friends and relatives are engaging in something that is basically idiotic.
Most smart people (including you) know perfectly well that God (by which I mean the kind of God described in the Bible, and other myths) just simply isn't real. That fact should have no bearing whatsoever on their views about technology, the future, life extension, and so forth. We should go with our best estimates based on the data and reasoned argument.
The real universe is awesome enough without dressing it up in the fake splendor of religious myth and metaphor. We need to grow out of religion.