"This baby will live to be 120," proclaimed the cute yet provocative cover of National Geographic's May issue. Good news for the baby—but bad news for society, according to most white evangelicals.
Most agree that medical innovations that extend human life are a good thing. But a much smaller number percentage think that "radical life extension" would be as positive, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.
Only slightly more than a third of white evangelical Protestants (34%) say that procedures allowing humans to live for 120 years or longer would ultimately benefit society. Compare that to the 61 percent who think that "medical advances that prolong life are generally good" and the 50 percent who said that "medical treatments these days are worth the costs."
Black Protestants, meanwhile, support the prospect of extending life to near-biblical lengths in higher numbers than any other religious affiliation. Pew ...1