Technology to inject competition into religion?

by on December 14, 2007 · 2 comments

Here’s a column I just wrote on life extension technologies and religion. And here’s a snippet:

Professor Ron Cole-Turner of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary discussed how life extension could benefit many religious orders. “Technology will inject competition into religion and force religious authorities to clarify what they mean by immortality.” This is important, according to Cole-Turner because “there is currently a lot of evasiveness about what immortality means.”

  • eric

    A nuclear war could bring the human average down considerably, regardless of genetic or technical advances. It is unlikely we will evolve bomb-proof capabilities.

    Taking the optimistic tack though, increased lifespan will give good people more time to do good, and evil, greedy, sociopathic persons more time to cause pain for others. Which religion can compete most effectively to deal with the latter?

    It is an interesting question, but in the final analysis, whether we live 20 years, 50 years, or 100 years, moral choices are presented every day to everyone. If we are working from the wrong moral template, the world may be one in which most people are not thankful for the extra years they are able to live (endure).

  • eric

    A nuclear war could bring the human average down considerably, regardless of genetic or technical advances. It is unlikely we will evolve bomb-proof capabilities.

    Taking the optimistic tack though, increased lifespan will give good people more time to do good, and evil, greedy, sociopathic persons more time to cause pain for others. Which religion can compete most effectively to deal with the latter?

    It is an interesting question, but in the final analysis, whether we live 20 years, 50 years, or 100 years, moral choices are presented every day to everyone. If we are working from the wrong moral template, the world may be one in which most people are not thankful for the extra years they are able to live (endure).

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