X-Message-Number: 12129
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 09:13:47 EDT
Subject: King, religion

David King, a newcomer, asks about cryonics and religion.

Among other sources, he might want to look at the chapter on "Freezers and 
Religion" in THE PROSPECT OF IMMORTALITY, available in full on our web site.

The short answer to his question is that death is the "permanent" cessation 
of vital functions, so someone who is revived was never "really" dead, and 
cryopreservation is just another medical option, and raises no more religious 
questions than does the common-place revival of patients after cardiac arrest.

Robert Ettinger
Cryonics Institute
Immortalist Society

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