Immortality And Transcendence

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Religious Immortality and Transcendence
In efforts to collect data regarding religious groups and their views on immortality, the Pew Research Center writer, Joseph Liu, found and stated that, “No religious group in the United States has released an official statement on radical life extension” (1). In the United States, religious organizations have kept us guessing on whether immortality is healthy or unhealthy. Despite this, it is possible to draw conclusions on how religions may view immortality from their teachings and beliefs. Furthermore, some religions believe a form of transcendence is equivalent to immortality because personal immortality has been denied, a belief that your ancestry carries on your legacy and genes. Meanwhile, other
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While each vary in how they practice their beliefs, all of their religions come back to Abraham. Abraham was a disciple of their respective God(I Am/Yahweh/Allah/Etc), or as some of religions believe, a friend of their God. As one of God’s loyal followers, “Abraham was promised an ancestral transcendence through his descendants and a cultural transcendence through the nation that established itself in the promised land” (Chidester 167). Abraham was not granted immortality, but was giving ancestral, cultural, and even spiritual transcendence when he went to heaven. Transcendence in this form is immortality.. The reason that Abraham was not given everlasting life is due to the fact that personal immortality was denied, and that biological and ancestral transcendence of death is more pertinent to the human race (Chidester 185). Through these events, we realize the Abrahamic Religions believe that immortality is possible through the biological passing down of genes and societally passing down culture, from one generation to the …show more content…
Every religion contains images and conceptions of eternal life to the point where it is a normal function for any religious person’s imagination (Garrad 126). Daoism and Buddhism both strongly believe that radical life-extension will help improve people. It will give them more time to become a better person and collect positive karma. Whereas the western or abrahamic religions have had personal immortality denied. Therefore, they believe life-extension to be unhealthy and problematic. The Western Religions view immortality as healthy if is by the means of biological and cultural transcendence, the passing down onto the next generation. That matters more than the extension of a personal individuals of life. Religious views on immortality can highly contrast from one religion to another; however, the abrahamic religions, daoism, and buddhism all seem to think some form of immortality is

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