Christian Ethics and the Ambiguities of Slowing Human Ageing

Extending the human lifespan by slowing ageing has moved from legend to the laboratory, offering hope that we might live longer, healthier lives. Though Christian opposition to slowing ageing through technology is common, there is considerable moral ambiguity over ageing attenuation when viewed through the doctrines of creation and the fall, Christology, and eschatology. In this paper, Todd Daly surveys these varying Christian perspectives on slowing ageing, suggesting that further exploration of the concepts of sin and virtue may help articulate a clearer Christian vision on this vexing subject.


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