Next Article in Journal
Growing Economic Inequality and Its (Partially) Political Roots
Next Article in Special Issue
The Limits of Machine Ethics
Previous Article in Journal
Knocking on a Saint’s Door, or a Quest for Holiness in a Post-Secular Society
Previous Article in Special Issue
Willful Control and Controlling the Will: Technology and Being Human
Article Menu
Issue 5 (May) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Religions 2017, 8(5), 96; doi:10.3390/rel8050096

Resurrection of the Body and Cryonics

Religious Studies Program, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
Academic Editor: Noreen Herzfeld
Received: 2 February 2017 / Revised: 10 May 2017 / Accepted: 14 May 2017 / Published: 18 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and the New Technologies)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [171 KB, uploaded 18 May 2017]

Abstract

The Christian doctrine of resurrection of the body is employed to interpret the cryonics program of preserving legally dead people with the plan to restore them when future medicine can effectively address the cause of death. Cryonics is not accepted by mainstream science, and even if the vision is never realized, it is worth the effort to use it as a thought experiment to test the capability of the Christian theological system to address this issue in the unfolding new world of human enhancement. Drawing on the apostle Paul, whose view was based in the Jewish notion of psychosomatic unity, Christian resurrection includes emphases on physicality, radical transformation, and continuity of personal identity. Successful cryonics scenarios can include restoring a person to more or less the same life they had before or, more likely, utilize robotics, tissue regeneration, and other future advances in human enhancement technology to restore one to an enhanced state. Christian resurrection and the more likely cryonics scenario both entail physicality, radical transformation, and continuity of personal identity and, as such, can be understood to be technological expressions of Christian resurrection. View Full-Text
Keywords: body; Christian theology; cryonics; dualism; immortality of the soul; personal identity; resurrection; superintelligence; uploading; whole brain emulation body; Christian theology; cryonics; dualism; immortality of the soul; personal identity; resurrection; superintelligence; uploading; whole brain emulation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Mercer, C. Resurrection of the Body and Cryonics. Religions 2017, 8, 96.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Religions EISSN 2077-1444 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert Logo copyright Steve Bridenbaugh/UUA
Back to Top