We now understand far more about the process of aging than even a decade ago. Advances in genetics (especially around the role of telomeres) offer a pathway toward dramatically reducing the speed of aging in the decades to come.
The phrase “eternal life” appears over forty times in the New Testament, but it clearly does not refer to humans living forever on Earth. There are theorists today, however, who confidently claim that we will not only slow the rate of mortality, but eventually make death optional. What are the ethical ramifications of such a claim?
What ethical issues will be raised as the increase in lifespans accelerates? How will it impact resource allocation? Who will benefit, and what new problems may be created? How will the church respond?
This will be the subject of our discussion on Sunday, March 11, 2018.