. . . so will the myth of life after death, say some. The mastery of technomedicine, making transhumanism and “immortality” realities – predicted for the century ahead of us – will result, ironically, in the definitive confirmation of the Bible’s promise : “There will be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain, for the former world has passed away” (Apocalypse, 21:4). Up till now, this vision of the “new heavens” and the “new earth”, the “new Jerusalem”, was stock-in-trade for preachers in churches and in cemeteries, affirming God’s assurance of our post-mortem immortality. But the death of death scientists and futurologists are talking about will mean a continuation of life on earth, not in Heaven or Hell. We will make it happen, thereby dealing – some hope – a death-blow, the ultimate coup de grâce, to God and religion.
Personally, I suspect that even if we do pull it off, and those who can afford it can continue to live in not an immortal but an a-mortal state (they could still get run over by a truck full of vinegar), religion will continue to prosper. People will continue to die for all sorts of reasons and be believed, when they have shuffled off this mortal coil, to live forever in eternal bliss or eternal pain. The “a-mortals” will have become the Masters of … Procrastination, their death (and, for believers, their Final Judgement) merely postponed. Life after death will remain the myth it has always been.
All this, on the verge of publishing our 700th post, to assure readers that we can, must and will continue to ridicule and hopefully destroy religion. Ergo . . .
RIDENDA ET DELENDA RELIGIO
P.S. Readers of French will find in Laurent Alexandre’s “La Mort de la Mort” (2011) the best, most readable and seriously documented study of this immensely important subject.