The myth of Walk Disney’s head

There is an urban myth that says Walt Disney had his head cryogenically frozen but there’s no actual evidence that it happened. Some of my favourite films see characters like Austin Powers and Han Solo being frozen so they can be transported or be resurrected in the future to save the world. It’s one of those cool science fiction ideas that some people may have taken just a little too seriously.

Two thousand people have signed up to be frozen after death, in the hope medical science will one day revive them. (WIRED UK 09/11 p129)

This is 2000 people that the church have catastrophically let down.

It may not be a huge number considering the world is now estimated to have a population of over 7 billion but these people must have absolutely no idea about the future that God wants for them, an eternal future with him. If nothing else, at approx £50’000 a pop, their investment could have gone to better use.

It’s interesting that the Terasem Movement, Melbourne Beach, Florida claims to be a charity that ‘teaches the advantages of extending life’, perhaps churches should use that in their vision or mission statements?

The Alcor Life extension Foundation website states that ‘The intent and practice of cryonics are frequently misreported by news media. We invite you to explore this site and reach your own conclusions’, I think we need to let people explore the church on their own terms too.

questions to consider

  • what’s your theological viewpoint on cryogenic freezing?
  • what does your church do to meet people in the community who might think this is a good idea?
  • what if something weird happens like it did to Mr. Bigglesworth?


  1. What makes you think none of the 2,000 cryonics customers (a very tiny number next to the 150,000 people who die on a daily basis) are also Christians? Also how can you be so sure the procedure won’t eventually be successful for them? If it works, it is just like any other medical advance, a way of staying alive longer and enjoying this wonderful life we have been given.

    I think I read that somewhere around $200k is spend on a typical person’s end-of-life treatment. If we value human survival in this world so much, perhaps we should be willing to spend a fraction of that on cryonics. Remember, Jesus said his apostles would heal the sick and raise the dead. In a way, death is just another illness — albeit one we cannot naturally recover from.

    The money is going to a long-term trust fund with a very specific and humane goal; learn how to revive people from a state of extreme damage, including brain damage. The research could turn out to be very important for helping people with traumatic brain injuries, even if reanimating cryonics patients turns out to be impossible.

  2. It seems to me that the goal of cryonics and many religions is the same, to have death not be the end. Opinions differ on which method will be more successful.

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