Overcoming death through technology?

The Telegraph’s Mick Brown interviews German-born co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, whom he describes as “a gay practicing Christian … a libertarian … a man with a utopian belief in the power of technology to change the world.”

“An hour into my conversation with Peter Thiel the conversation turns, as it seems conversations with Thiel often do, to the question of death. ‘Basically,’ Thiel says earnestly, ‘I’m against it.’ … ‘I think there are probably three main modes of approaching it,’ he says. ‘You can accept it, you can deny it or you can fight it. I think our society is dominated by people who are into denial or acceptance, and I prefer to fight it.’

Leaving aside the contentious issue of “gay” and “Christian”, what bothers me about the approach described in the interview is the notion of overcoming death through technology as somehow compatible with the Christian faith, the idea that it is in our power as humans to overcome death apart from the sacrifice of Christ. That just strikes me as either delusional or arrogant, if not both.

P.S.: I should add that Thiel seems like a decent and likable human being with impressive accomplishments; I just think that particular approach to death is very wrongheaded.

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