There is an urban myth that says Walt Disney had his head cryogenically frozen but there’s no actual evidence that it happened. Some of my favourite films see characters like Austin Powers and Han Solo being frozen so they can be transported or be resurrected in the future to save the world. It’s one of those cool science fiction ideas that some people may have taken just a little too seriously.
Two thousand people have signed up to be frozen after death, in the hope medical science will one day revive them. (WIRED UK 09/11 p129)
This is 2000 people that the church have catastrophically let down.
It may not be a huge number considering the world is now estimated to have a population of over 7 billion but these people must have absolutely no idea about the future that God wants for them, an eternal future with him. If nothing else, at approx £50’000 a pop, their investment could have gone to better use.
It’s interesting that the Terasem Movement, Melbourne Beach, Florida claims to be a charity that ‘teaches the advantages of extending life’, perhaps churches should use that in their vision or mission statements?
The Alcor Life extension Foundation website states that ‘The intent and practice of cryonics are frequently misreported by news media. We invite you to explore this site and reach your own conclusions’, I think we need to let people explore the church on their own terms too.
questions to consider
- what’s your theological viewpoint on cryogenic freezing?
- what does your church do to meet people in the community who might think this is a good idea?
- what if something weird happens like it did to Mr. Bigglesworth?