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Radical Life Extension: Implications for Roman Catholicism

  • Terence L. Nichols
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors book series

Abstract

What would be the implications for Roman Catholicism if persons were to live for hundreds of years rather than for decades? This is the question I will address in this chapter, along with the further question, what is the likely response of the Roman Catholic Church to the prospect of radical life extension (RLE)? There are no official or even unofficial Roman Catholic responses to these questions, because the issue is so speculative and new. So my chapter here will be a kind of thought experiment, based on my knowledge of Roman Catholic theology and a number of assumptions. What are those assumptions?

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© Derek F. Maher and Calvin Mercer 2009

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