Heaven Denialism

Evangelical Christian groups, among the earliest critics of longevity treatments, have long decried Eternity.8 as a 'desperate and misguided attempt to escape the Judgment of God by the damned', as Pastor Hun Varingnasam put it in his widely-publicised sermon Only the good die young.. In the 2040's, the common wisdom in evangelical thinkgroup fora held that immortality would attract primarily atheists, on the supposition that the righteous and faithful would not wish to delay taking their place in heaven.

Not so. Demographic studies then and since make it pretty clear that the strongly religious make up a significant proportion of the world's eternalist population. Dubbed 'heaven denialists' or 'the graceless', amongst more stridently-put terms, most deny any conflict between their faith and their enhanced lifespans. Few have taken a public position on the subject. One of these, Reverend Moira Jackson, famously reponded to a critic "I'm glad for anyone who's comfortable of his or her place at Jesus' table. For my part, I intend to do an awful lot of good for an awful long time before I'm ready to look Him in the eye."

Longevity-related character drift is frequently offered as a possible explanation for heaven denialism, despite the decision to extend one's life predating any possibility of psychological reorientation in 100% of cases.

- Caleb Wentner

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