Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 171–187 | Cite as

Slowing Down Time: An Exploration of Personal Life Extension Desirability as it Relates to Religiosity and Specific Religious Beliefs

  • Scott BallingerEmail author
  • Theresa Clement Tisdale
  • David L. Sellen
  • Loren A. Martin
Original Paper


As medical technology continues increasing the possibility of living a longer life, the public’s valuing of these developments must be considered. This study examines attitudes toward extending the human life span within a student population at a Christian university. Religious factors were hypothesized to affect life extension desirability. Scores on measures of willingness to defer to God’s will, meaning derived from religion, positive afterlife beliefs, and intrinsic religiosity were significantly and inversely related to life extension desirability. Implications of these findings are discussed, including encouraging medical practitioners to respect decision-making processes of religious persons who may find life extension interventions undesirable.


Life extension desirability Religiosity Death attitudes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott Ballinger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Theresa Clement Tisdale
    • 1
  • David L. Sellen
    • 2
  • Loren A. Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Graduate PsychologyAzusa Pacific UniversityAzusaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health Sciences EducationWestern University of Health SciencesPomonaUSA

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